Weapons on Campus Policy

Possession of firearms or other dangerous weapons is prohibited while on university-owned or controlled property. This includes all parking lots, grounds, and facilities. These weapons include but are not limited to:

  • Fixed blade knives on the person or in a vehicle or any folding knife with an overall length greater than eleven inches.
  • Shotgun, rifle, or other shoulder gun.
  • Pistol or revolver.
  • Air gun or spring compression gun.
  • Bow and arrow.
  • Crossbows.
  • Slingshots or other throwing weapons.
  • Spears.
  • Swords.
  • Brass knuckles.
  • Fireworks or explosive devices.
  • Tasers or stun guns.

This prohibition applies to all members of the university community, visitors, and guests and applies whether or not a person in possession of such weapon has a permit to carry or possess the weapon. This policy does not apply to:

  • Law Enforcement Officers of the Federal Government, state, or of any county, city, or town when in the discharge of their official duties.
  • Civil officers of the United States in the discharge of their official duties.
  • Private police or security personnel when hired by, or under contract with, the University.
  • Law Enforcement Officers attending school as students. Their weapons must be concealed unless wearing a uniform.
  • Campus food service knives.
  • The President’s Residence.


Visitors and guests may temporarily store weapons at the Department of Public Safety for no more than 48 hours. The Department of Public Safety and the University are not responsible for lost or damaged items.

Exceptions to this policy may be granted for certain instructional purposes, displays, ceremonies, drills, reenactments, and performances and must be authorized by the Director of Public Safety or his designee.

For students, unauthorized possession of weapons shall constitute grounds for summary suspension. For faculty and staff, unauthorized possession of a weapon shall constitute a violation of board policy.

Approved by the Executive Council August 6, 2007