Loyola University Chicago law professor Robert Barchi, who teaches courses on gun violence, said it was “unacceptable” for a university law school to not include the law professor as a speaker.
“It’s like, you know, the only thing that I’m not allowed to do in the classroom is to talk about gun control,” Barchis told WGN-TV on Thursday.
“And if I can’t do that, I don’t want to do that in my classroom.”
In response to a question from the network, Barchides said the law and criminal justice departments at the school had not received any complaints about the event.
“We are doing all we can to have the safest campus,” BARCHIS said.
“But we know that the majority of students do not agree with the positions of our law professors.”
A spokesperson for the law schools told The Associated Press that they did not want to speak on the issue of gun violence at the time.
“If students choose to attend a campus event, the law requires that the law review sessions and presentations of law professors be open to the entire community,” the spokesperson said.
However, the spokesperson added that “the University of Chicago does not have a policy prohibiting a law review session and presentation of a law professor on campus.”
The University of Texas at Austin, one of the top law schools in the country, also did not invite Barchies speakers, but a spokesperson said the university “will consider the request.”
“The University of Austin is committed to the academic freedom of its students and the academic integrity of its law school faculty,” the statement said.
The University at Albany law school also declined to invite Bauras speakers, although it did include an email on the university’s website that said “there are no restrictions on the inclusion of faculty members who may be a part of our student body.”
However, it did not specifically say that the university was against the law professors participation.
The New York State Board of Regents has previously held that universities should be allowed to ban speakers on their campuses.
The Board of Governors has said it will take a look at the university events, including the university law professor, after reviewing the university records.
“The Board of Trustees will consider the law students participation in our campus discussions and actions in light of the information available to it and its legal obligation to act in the best interest of the students,” the Board of Directors said in a statement to WNYC.
The state also requires universities to provide a full disclosure of speakers who have a financial interest in the event, which could include speakers who own or control businesses or who are on university advisory boards.
University of New York law professor Michael A. Dreeben told WNYW on Thursday that the decision was “not surprising.”
“They have a constitutional right to say no to people who are representing themselves, who are being paid for the event,” he said.