KU Professor On Indefinite Leave Following Twitter Comments

Released Friday:
LAWRENCE — Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little today issued the following statement regarding Associate Professor of Journalism David Guth:

“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. Professor Guth’s classes will be taught by other faculty members.”

This message posted on Twitter by a KU professor, David Guth, is causing controversy:


KU released the following statement on Thursday:

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas today issued the following statements in response to comments by Associate Professor of Journalism David Guth regarding the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, DC.

Ann Brill, dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications:

“While the First Amendment allows anyone to express an opinion, that privilege is not absolute and must be balanced with the rights of others. That’s vital to civil discourse. Professor Guth’s views do not represent our school and we do not advocate violence directed against any group or individuals.”

Timothy C. Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs:

“The contents of Professor Guth’s tweet were repugnant and in no way represent the views or opinions of the University of Kansas. Like all Americans, he has the right under the First Amendment to express his personal views and is protected in that regard. But it is truly disgraceful that these views were expressed in such a callous and uncaring way. We expect all members of the university community to engage in civil discourse and not make inflammatory and offensive comments.”


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