Will become Dean of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania
Despite numerous efforts to fight the Texas’s campus carry law, including a bizarre protest involving dildos, the law stands, and students are free to carry licensed firearms on campus beginning on August 1st of this year.
A University of Texas (UT) Architecture dean has declared that the new law is the reason for his decision to leave UT.
The University of Texas at Austin’s longtime architecture dean announced on Thursday he is leaving, saying the state’s new campus carry law played a major role in pushing him out.
. . . . The departure is a blow for UT-Austin. Its architecture school has consistently ranked among the best in the nation under Steiner. This year, Architectural Record ranked its undergraduate program seventh.
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Interestingly, this dean, Fritz Steiner, will be leaving UT for the University of Pennsylvania where he will serve as Architecture dean.
Fritz Steiner will take over as dean of University of Pennsylvania School of Design on July 1. The job offers an opportunity to join the Ivy League and return to the school where he earned three postgraduate degrees. But Steiner said he has turned down similar opportunities in the past, and probably would have done the same if people weren’t going to be allowed to carry guns in classrooms and other places on the UT-Austin campus next school year.
“I would have never applied for another job if not for campus carry,” he said in an interview. “I felt that I was going to be responsible for managing a law I didn’t believe in.”
Students for Concealed Carry were quick to respond to Steiner’s departure announcement.
The group Students for Concealed Carry acknowledged in a statement that worries about guns on campus are taking “a real, measurable toll on the state’s institutions of higher education.” But people spreading unreasonable fears about the law are at fault, not the law itself, the group said.
“Just as witches were not to blame for the Salem witch trials, and just as vaccines are not to blame for the negative results of the anti-vaccine movement, campus carry is not to blame for the current atmosphere of fear on Texas college campuses,” the group said.
Campus carry became law last year, but doesn’t go into effect until Aug. 1. It will allow people with concealed handgun licenses to carry their guns into campus buildings. Each university is allowed to create some limited “gun-free zones,” but state officials have said those zones can’t include classrooms.