Kansas journalism professor placed on leave after controversial tweet
- Sep. 20, 2013
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Professor David Guth was put on administrative leave today after his controversial tweet about gun control in response to the Navy Yard shooting Monday.
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little released a statement Friday morning announcing the action.
“In order to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students, the School of Journalism and the university, I have directed Provost Jeffrey Vitter to place Associate Professor Guth on indefinite administrative leave pending a review of the entire situation,” Gray-Little wrote.
Gray-Little also said in the statement that Guth’s classes will be taught by other faculty members.
The action follows yesterday’s statement, attempting to distance the University from Guth’s comments.
The University declined to comment further about Guth’s leave or a timeline for the review.
UPDATE: Andy Tompkins, President and CEO of The Kansas Board of Regents, expressed the board’s offense at Guth’s statement in a press release Friday afternoon.
“The Board wishes to reiterate the statement made by Dean Ann Brill when she said that ‘while the First Amendment allows anyone to express an opinion, that privilege is not absolute and must be balanced with the rights of others.’” Tompkins said. “The Board expresses its appreciation for the immediate response by the Chancellor to the situation and expresses its confidence in her leadership.”