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Policy STUA-UPD-003

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Responsible University Administrator: Vice President of Student Affairs
Responsible Officer: Chief of Operations for University Police
Origination Date: N/A
Current Revision Date: 11/28/18
Next Review Date: 07/01/22
End of Policy Date: N/A
Policy Number: STUA-UPD-003
Status: Effective

 

WEAPONS POLICY


 


Policy Statement


The safety of the University's campuses is of paramount importance to the Administration of The University of Southern Mississippi.  To ensure the safety of our campuses in accordance with the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) policies and in light of statutory enactments of the Mississippi Legislature, the University has developed this policy regarding the possession of weapons on its campuses.  This policy is required for the effective communication of University policy regarding the possession of weapons by employees, students, guests, and visitors on all campuses of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Reason for Policy/Purpose


The University of Southern Mississippi recognizes that the possession of weapons on its campuses or at University or student functions off-campus, by persons other than duly authorized law enforcement officials, other authorized persons, and those participating in University approved programs, creates an unreasonable and unwarranted risk of injury or death to its employees, students, visitors, and guests, and further creates an unreasonable and unwarranted risk of damage to property of the University and of its employees, students, visitors, guests and properties of others.  The University of Southern Mississippi must comply with the State Institutions of Higher Learning policies, state and federal law, and any other locally applicable laws or regulations regarding the possession of weapons including firearms, on its campuses.  This policy is being implemented to protect the health and safety of the students, employees, guests, and visitors on all of The University of Southern Mississippi campuses. 

Who Needs to Know This Policy


All employees, students, guests and visitors of The University of Southern Mississippi community.

Website Address for this Policy


For purposes of this policy, a weapon is any dangerous instrument if it is used, attempted or threatened to be used, or is readily capable of being used to cause death or serious physical injury, including but not limited to the following: firearms (any weapon from which a shot, projectile, or other object may be discharged by force, whether operable or inoperable, loaded  or unloaded), bombs, knives (except small, personal, pocket knives with a folding blade no longer than three (3) inches, or culinary knives with blades of four (4) inches or less used exclusively for food preparation), slingshots, etc. 


Policy/Procedures


  1. POSSESSION OF WEAPONS/FIREARMS: The University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg Campus, Gulf Park Campus, and Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Gulf Coast Sites) prohibits the possession of pistols, firearms or other weapons in any form by any person other than duly authorized law enforcement officials, institutional security officials, and other authorized persons.
  2. The term "other authorized persons” includes those individuals authorized by applicable law and by an institutional executive officer or his/her designee.  "Other authorized persons" also includes those individuals who have in their possession a valid, unexpired state enhanced concealed carry firearms permit or the equivalent permit issued by a state with a reciprocity agreement with Mississippi.  Even so, those individuals possessing such permits are not permitted to possess weapons or firearms in any non-public institutional location.
  3. Students and employees are not authorized to possess weapons or firearms on institutional property or at institutional off-campus events regardless of possession of firearms permits.
  4. Possession of firearms is prohibited in locations where same is prohibited by applicable federal law, regardless as to whether those locations are designated as public or non-public. 
  5. Public campus locations include:
5.1. Museums (other than classrooms)
5.2  Student Union (other than classrooms)
5.3  Libraries (other than classrooms)
5.4  Dining facilities
5.5  Recreation centers (other than classrooms and athletic event venues)
5.6  Student health centers (except for patient care areas), and
5.7  Any other locations not designated as "non-public/sensitive"
  1.  Non-public campus locations include:
6.1   Academic classrooms
6.2   Administrative, faculty and state offices
6.3   Intercollegiate athletic event venues
6.4   Resident halls, fraternity and sorority houses
6.5   Laboratories and research facilities
6.6   Ticketed events (concerts, speakers, etc.)
6.7   Patient care areas with a student health center
6.8   Areas/locations within a student health center, containing radiological source materials or flammable/combustible gases or chemicals
6.9    Areas locations within a student health center containing confidential student and/or patient records
6.10  Preschool/Daycare facilities, and
6.11  Areas or locations in which student conduct proceedings are held

Review


The Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).

 


Forms/Instructions


N/A 


Appendices


N/A 

 


Related Information


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History


Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.

03/04/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.

04/12/16: Reviewed by Executive Cabinet, revised and updated.

11/28/18: Revised pursuant to IHL policy. 

 

 

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