University of Utah reassigns teacher over gun policy

A graduate assistant at the University of Utah was reassigned after her syllabus told students who conceal-carry they would have to stand in a “Second Amendment Zone.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the school has not identified the teacher, whose syllabus said that bringing a conceal-carry gun to class “is absurd, antisocial and frightening behavior.”

Any student who brought one would be forced to stand in a “3×3 taped square” in the back of the classroom, the syllabus continued.

The Tribune spoke with the university’s spokesman, who said the class’ curriculum has since been changed.

Utah law states that it is legal for people to carry guns on public university campuses as long as they have a concealed weapons permit.

The teacher’s statement in the syllabus reads:

“Concealed carry is protected under your Second Amendment rights.

“However, because the University of Utah reserves the right to restrict elements of the First Amendment on campus to specifically sanctioned ‘free speech zones’ I am reserving the right to restrict elements of the Second Amendment in my own classroom.

“If you feel that it is somehow at all appropriate to bring a gun to class (hint: it is not — this is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior), you are restricted to spending your time in class in my ‘Second Amendment zone’ a 3×3 taped square on the floor in the very back of the classroom, that will be shared with all other gun carriers.”

The teacher has apologized and received additional training, the school told the Tribune.