Dispute Over Guns at the University of Utah May Test Academic Freedom

A much-watched test of how far colleges can go in arguing for academic freedom is unfolding at the University of Utah over an unlikely issue: whether the administration can ban guns from the campus.

Like most other colleges, the university has long banned students, professors, and staff members from possessing firearms on its campus. But the policy is at odds with a seven-year-old state law that allows those with permits to carry concealed weapons. The issue became a crisis early this