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POLICY TITLE: Policy on Deadly Weapons

DATE OF ISSUANCE: This policy was approved by the President's Council on June 23, 2000.

ACCOUNTABLE DEPARTMENT/UNIT: Campus Police. Questions on policy content should be directed to Campus Police at x8-2327

RELATED POLICIES: Policy on Workplace Threats and Violence

ABSTRACT: Deadly weapons are not permitted on property owned or controlled by the university.

Policy on Deadly Weapons


This policy is part of a broad initiative aimed at maintaining the university as a safe place for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The prohibition of deadly weapons on campus is a proactive step toward reducing the risk of injury or death due to the intentional, accidental, inexpert or improper use of firearms.

Policy Statement

Deadly weapons are not permitted on any property owned or controlled by the university.

For the purposes of this policy, a deadly weapon is any device designed to produce death or serious bodily injury. Deadly weapons include, but are not limited to:

The definition of deadly weapons under this policy does not include devices such as commercially available aerosol dispensers of non-lethal chemical irritants, pocket knives or general tools not designed as weapons.

This prohibition against deadly weapons applies equally to those carried by persons with a government-issued permit or license. The only exceptions to this policy are those listed below.


This policy does not apply to:

It is recognized that there may be activities related to the educational mission of the university (e.g., physical fitness activities or theatrical productions) that may appear to violate the letter but not the intent of this policy. In such cases, the department or organization coordinating the activity is responsible for obtaining written approval from the Chief of Police or his designee, in advance, to conduct the activity. Such approval may extend for up to one year at a time.


Persons who possess deadly weapons in violation of this policy will be required by Campus Police to remove the weapons and/or themselves from university property.

Any university student, faculty or staff member who violates this policy shall be subject to action in accordance with university disciplinary policies and procedures for students, faculty and staff. Further, possession of a deadly weapon in violation of federal, state or local laws will be referred to Campus Police or other appropriate law enforcement authorities and may result in legal sanctions.

Call Campus Police at x8-2323 to report violations or suspected violations of this policy.


Questions concerning this policy or its intent should be directed to Campus Police at x8-2327.

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