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.
02.01 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:
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.
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.
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.
07. REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS
07.01 Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:
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