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Possession of Handguns on University Owned or Controlled Premises

An official copy of UPPS No. 01.04.45 and its links and attachments can be found at the following link: http://www.txstate.edu/effective/UPPS/upps-01-04-45.html

01. POLICY STATEMENTS

01.01  The purpose of this policy is to set forth reasonable rules, regulations, and provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on all Texas State University campuses and controlled premises.

01.02  Effective August 1, 2016, as authorized by Texas Government Code §411.2031, individuals who hold a valid license to carry a concealed handgun (“license holder”) will be allowed to carry a concealed handgun on or about their person on the campus or on the premises located on the campus of a public institution of higher education. The law does not allow the institution of higher education to establish provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus. However, it does state that the president or other chief executive officer shall establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution.

01.03  Consistent with the legislative mandates contained in Texas Government Code §411.2031 and Texas Penal Code §46.035, effective August 1, 2016, Texas State will allow individuals who hold a valid license to carry a concealed handgun (Concealed Handgun License or License to Carry) to carry a concealed handgun on land and in buildings owned or leased by Texas State, subject to the reasonable rules, regulations, and other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders as established by the president of Texas State and approved by The Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents.

01.04  No person shall openly carry firearms or illegal weapons (as defined in Texas Penal Code §46.05 a.) or display a deadly weapon in a manner calculated to cause alarm (as prohibited by Texas Penal Code §42.01), while on university property. Exceptions to this prohibition include persons commissioned as peace officers in the State of Texas and federal law enforcement personnel.


02. DEFINITIONS

02.01  Handgun – any firearm that is designed, made, or adapted to be fired with one hand.

02.02  Child or Minor – a person under 18 years of age who is not and has not been married or who has not had the disabilities of minority removed for general purposes.

02.03  Campus – all land and buildings owned or leased by Texas State.

02.04  Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or License To Carry (LTC) – license issued by the State of Texas to carry a handgun on or about the license holder's person, subject to the licensing requirements and limitations set forth in Texas Government Code §411.2031.

02.05  Gun-free Zone – any part of the campus that has been designated, either permanently or temporarily, as an area where concealed carry of handguns is prohibited. Guns are not permitted in designated gun-free zones.

02.06  Concealed Carry – the legal requirement that a license holder must carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder’s person. For the purpose of these rules, the phrase “on or about the license holder’s person” is defined as carrying a handgun in a manner such that it must be close enough to the license holder that he or she can grasp it without materially changing position.

02.07  Disciplinary Matters, Legal and Quasi-judicial Matters, and Legal Compliance Matters – matters that may result in warnings, sensitive procedural actions, or significant actions regarding student, staff, or faculty status, evaluation, matriculation, or employment. These include, but are not limited to, meetings to discuss academic dishonesty, incivility in the classroom or in other university settings, faculty or staff grievances, grade appeals, mediations, evaluation conferences, and probation and suspension hearings.


03. PROHIBITED CONCEALED CARRY LOCATIONS/EVENTS (GUN-FREE ZONES)

03.01  Pursuant to and consistent with Chapter 46 of the Texas Penal Code, weapons, including handguns, are prohibited in the following locations:

  • a.   on the physical premises of a K-12 school or education institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or education institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or education institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution; the Texas State campus, including but not limited to The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and the Freeman Aquatic Biology Building, is routinely host to K-12 students and, as such, these areas are to be gun-free during any such events;
  • b.   on the premises of a polling place on the day of an election or while voting is in progress. The third floor of the LBJ Student Center is a polling location and weapons are prohibited there during polling activities;
  • c.   on the premises used for competitive sporting, NCAA, and University Interscholastic League (UIL) events; and
  • d.   on premises when used for religious worship. 

03.02  Pursuant to Texas Government Code §411.2031, the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of higher education in this state shall establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution. Texas State has designated the following areas, as specified in subsections a. through d., as permanent gun-free zones and will display appropriate signage at such locations.

  • a.   Concealed carry is prohibited in premises providing services or events for minor children as described below:
  • 1)   Child Development Center (CDC);
  • 2)   Clinic for Autism Research Evaluation and Support (CARES);
  • 3)   Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) – Round Rock Campus;
  • 4)   Speech-Language-Hearing and Physical Therapy Clinics; and
  • 5)   locations used for Pre-K through grade 12 summer activities and camps on the San Marcos Campus and the Round Rock Campus during summer sessions including, but not limited to, the following locations: residence halls used for summer camps, the Music Building on the San Marcos Campus and the Avery Building on the Round Rock Campus during summer sessions.
  • b.   Concealed carry is prohibited in facilities providing health services as follows:
  • 1)   Student Health Center – San Marcos Campus; and
  • 2)   Student Health Center – Round Rock Campus.
  • c.   Concealed carry is prohibited in premises used for disciplinary matters, legal compliance, and counseling as follows:
  • 1)   fifth Floor of the LBJ Student Center including the Texas State Counseling Center;
  • 2)   Student Health Center/Counseling Center, Room 116, Nursing Building – Round Rock Campus;
  • 3)   premises when used for disciplinary matters, legal and quasi-judicial matters, and legal compliance. Any designated gun-free zones for these purposes are identified with appropriate signage. 
  • d.   Concealed carry is prohibited in premises used for official residence or governmental events as follows:
  • 1)   president’s house and surrounding grounds on the San Marcos Campus;
  • 2)   locations when used for governmental meetings on the San Marcos Campus and Round Rock Campus; and
  • 3)   polling locations on the third floor, LBJ Student Center, on the San Marcos Campus.

03.03  No person, department, college, or administrative unit may make or enforce any policy or rule limiting or prohibiting the carrying of firearms except by obtaining an exception as delineated in Section 03.04.

03.04  When the nature of a particular academic setting or other campus activity would create safety concerns relative to the presence of a concealed handgun, a university representative may request the addition of a temporary gun-free zone by submitting a Request for Temporary Gun-Free Zone to the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs or other appropriate member of the President’s Cabinet. A President’s Cabinet member may make a recommendation to the president, who exercises final approval with no appeal.


04. UNIVERSITY GUN-FREE ZONE NOTICE AND SIGNAGE

04.01  The president’s office will cause the President’s Rules Regarding the Carrying of Concealed Handguns by License Holders on Texas State University Campuses, as approved by The TSUS Board of Regents, to be prominently posted on the university website. Said rules contain specific notice of all gun-free zones.

04.02  Signage that is clearly visible, noting that the site in question is a permanent or temporary gun-free zone, shall be placed in conspicuous areas.

  • a.   Notice that is given on a card, document, or sign must contain the following language:
  • 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.
  • De conformidad con la sección 30.06, código Penal (violación por el titular de la licencia con una pistola oculta), una persona con licencia bajo el Subcapitulo H, Capitulo 411, Código de Gobierno (ley de licencias arma de mano, no puedo entrar en esta propiedad con una pistola oculta.
  • b.   Permanent and temporary gun-free zone signs must meet the minimum standards: 1) include the above italicized language in both English and Spanish; 2) use contrasting colors, block letters, at least one inch in height; and 3) be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public.


05. UNIVERSITY DOES NOT PROVIDE HANDGUN STORAGE

05.01  The university does not provide storage for handguns; it is the responsibility of the license holder to safely and securely store his or her handgun.

05.02  By Texas statute (Government Code §411.2032), the university may not prohibit or restrict storage or transportation of a firearm or ammunition in a locked, privately owned or leased motor vehicle by a person, including a student enrolled at that institution, who holds a valid license to carry a handgun under this subchapter and lawfully possesses the firearm or ammunition: (a) on a street or driveway located on the campus of the institution; or (b) in a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area located on the campus of the institution.


06. ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES

06.01  Violations of this policy must be reported to the University Police Department (UPD). Based on UPD’s findings, students, faculty, and staff may be referred for disciplinary action pursuant to subsections a., b., and c., below.

  • a.   Students found in violation of the policy or state handgun laws shall be reported to Student Justice in the Dean of Students Office for appropriate disciplinary action. Disciplinary procedures and penalties will follow the guidelines outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
  • b.   Faculty and staff found in violation of the policy shall be reported to their supervisors for appropriate disciplinary action. These actions could include sanctions ranging from reprimand, suspension with or without pay, or termination.
  • c.   Contractors and subcontractors found in violation of this policy or state handgun licensing laws shall be reported to the department administering the contract for appropriate sanctions.


07. REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

07.01  Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

Position, Date

Special Assistant to the President, June 1 E2Y
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, June 1 E2Y
Vice President for Student Affairs, June 1 E2Y
Chair, Faculty Senate,June 1 E2Y
Chair, Staff Council, June 1 E2Y
Director, University Police Department, June 1 E2Y


08. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from date of this document until superseded.

Special Assistant to the President; senior reviewer of this UPPS
President