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April 22, 2014

OU Faculty Senate adopts resolution against guns on campus

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Norman campus Faculty Senate recently approved a resolution opposing the presence of firearms on campus, other than those of duly authorized law enforcement officials. 

The resolution states that faculty members are sensitive to and aware of the physical, mental and emotional trauma of school violence and are concerned about the welfare of members and guests of the university community. However, they believe the presence of guns on campus endangers the safety of students, faculty, and staff and undermines the teaching and learning environment.

The resolution also notes that a recent event at OU demonstrated the rapid response of law enforcement professionals to a report of “shots fired,” and the presence of non-uniformed individuals with guns makes the job of law enforcement professionals more difficult when responding to a shooting incident.

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