University Senate asks KU to post campus carry link on main websites; new name for vet center; police sweep popular student bars

No guns allowed signs are posted on doors leading into Wescoe Hall on the University of Kansas campus on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Jayhawk Boulevard and Strong Hall are reflected in the glass.

After mulling ideas as detailed as demanding advertisements of certain sizes and placements in the student newspaper and door signs of certain colors and measurements, the University of Kansas University Senate agreed Thursday on how it wants KU to notify people about the state law allowing concealed handguns on campus beginning July 1.

The University Senate’s new request is now much simpler, and takes advantage of an already-constructed and highly detailed KU website explaining campus carry and related resources: “In particular, we urge the administration to link its Concealed Carry web page ( to the main KU page, the undergraduate and graduate admissions pages, and the human resources page. The link from those pages to the Concealed Carry page should contain the phrase “concealed firearms” and be made accessible to blind and low-vision users.”

photo by: Sara Shepherd

No guns allowed signs are posted on doors leading into Wescoe Hall on the University of Kansas campus on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Jayhawk Boulevard and Strong Hall are reflected in the glass.

Another previous topic of campus carry-related discussion among University Senators: Would insurance for KU employees and students pay out for injuries, death or lost wages due to being shot on campus? The short answer: It depends.

KU human resources director Ola Faucher visited Thursday’s University Senate meeting, providing a chart of various benefits for different KU constituents. She pointed out that KU cannot create new health insurance plans, because that’s in the hands of the state. The same goes for deciding whether workers’ compensation pays in the event of an injury to someone while performing job duties.

The state workers’ compensation organization takes information and decides that, Faucher said. “They take into account the facts and circumstances on a case-by-case basis to determine what is covered.”


The KU office formerly known as the Student Veteran Center now has a new name honoring a KU veteran: the Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center.

Jones graduated from KU in 1937, according to an announcement from the university. He was a highly decorated Marine Corps veteran, serving for 33 years including in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The newly created center moved into its home at 345 Summerfield Hall at the beginning of this semester, and had a ribbon cutting Thursday. It has a lounge and several military-related offices and resources, and is open to discharged and retired veterans; active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members; spouses and dependents of veterans; ROTC cadets; and Gold Star family members.

photo by: Sara Shepherd

Students gather in the lounge area of the new University of Kansas Student Veteran Center, which opened in early 2017 in 345 Summerfield Hall.

Once in a while, when our cops reporter is gone, I help out by reading through the list of the hundreds of calls Lawrence police went on the previous day. Today is one of those days.

Looks like the police worked their way through quite a few popular student watering holes last night, and filed a handful of reports for alcohol violations at those bars. According to the department’s list of calls from the past 24 hours, police conducted bar checks at the following locations, noting suspected alcohol violations. (I named specific bars in parenthesis for the blocks I know are home to only one bar.)

• 1300 block of Ohio Street (The Hawk), 10:55 p.m. Thursday: Five alcohol violation entries, with police reports filed for three.

• 500 block of West 14th Street (The Wheel), 11:35 p.m. Thursday: One alcohol violation entry, no report filed.

• 1300 block of Tennessee Street (Bullwinkles), 11:50 p.m. Thursday: One alcohol violation entry, for which a report was filed.

• 600 block of Florida Street (R Bar and Patio), 12:15 a.m. Friday: No alcohol violation entries.

• Two bars in the 1100 block of Massachusetts Street were checked about 12:45 a.m. Friday: No alcohol violation entries.

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