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KU Faculty Senate Affirms Free Speech Rights

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Faculty Senate has affirmed free speech rights for faculty after a professor was placed on leave following a controversial social media posting. The Faculty Senate statement says in part that the group endorses the principles of First Amendment rights, academic freedom and due process. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the statement didn't mention David Guth, who's been on paid leave after a tweet last month after the Navy Yard shooting. Guth's Twitter post said: "The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you." The Senate resolution was prompted in part by a statement from a Faculty Senate committee that said Guth's leave appeared to be a professional sanction, which the university denies.

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