Dec 9 2016: Create an Office Doorbell

Campus Carry Oral Statement: Automated Doorbell and Decorative Wreath

December 9, 2016
Feminist Maker Space
The University of Texas at Dallas

RSVP Requested

Paper wreath with a voice recorder as a centerpiece.

Fig. 1 Paper wreath with a voice recorder as a centerpiece.

On June 1, 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed S.B. 11, also known as the campus carry law. S.B. 11 provides that license holders may carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses, starting Aug. 1, 2016.

In regards to faculty offices:

Faculty members who are solely assigned to an office are permitted to prohibit the concealed carry of a handgun in that office. If faculty members choose to exercise this discretion, they must provide oral notice that the concealed carry of a handgun is prohibited in their offices. Oral notice is the only legally effective way to provide notice about the prohibition. All employees are permitted to post signage in their office or include language in their syllabi. However, such signage or language is not a legally effective substitute for oral notification (

Members of the Feminist Research Collective discussed ways to meet the absurdity of repeating the oral notice to every student who stepped foot in their offices. We thought automating the process of repeating the “no guns in my office” oral statement would be helpful. We set forth to find a measure to do this with as much absurdity as the “choice” to orally inform each student. The official statement reads:

“Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.”

In this FMS event, we will share how we are currently “choos(ing) to exercise this discretion.” Some of us are using a voice recorder as a doorbell, others may show the posters or written statements used in their offices, and some may demonstrate how they perform the statement aloud with students. In community, participants can choose to create a door wreath, which presents the doorbell/recorded button as a center feature, masked in a welcoming, household ornament.

In this FMS event participants will:

  • Share their campus carry experiences, specifically how they are dealing with the legislation in faculty offices
  • Consider other tactics for exercising our discretion

Those who want to create a paper wreath will:

  • Record their voices
  • Choose an image or text to roll into a paper wreath
  • Construct a paper wreath on cardboard, using tape and hot glue
  • Add a ribbon for hanging the wreath
  • Visit each others’ offices once the wreaths are installed

Resources for Campus Carry:

Resources for Wreath-making:

There are tons of websites, instructional tutorials, and videos on making paper wreaths. This is the one I used:

Here is a video showing a different style:

Resources for Voice-recording:

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