News Release from AASCU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2015-06-02

Contact: Susan Chilcott (202) 478-4661

STATEMENT FROM THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ON TEXAS SENATE BILL 11

AASCU is deeply disappointed that despite the objections of college officials, law enforcement, and myriad student and parent groups, Texas lawmakers passed Senate Bill 11. This dangerous legislation will strip most authority for establishing campus weapons policy from those who understand colleges best—governing boards and college presidents, working in consultation with students, faculty, staff and law enforcement.

Senate Bill 11 is also a costly, unfunded mandate. Officials project the cost of implementing this law to approach $50 million. Campus leaders will be forced to re-direct scarce state tax revenue and student tuition dollars from academic purposes to administer this law.

This new law will make Texas public colleges and universities less safe for students, faculty and staff. This is a major step, but not the last step, toward forcing colleges to allow guns in all facets of campus life.

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AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.