Southern Miss is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment that supports the academic mission of the university. According to the Southern Miss Firearms Policy, members of the Southern Miss community, including students, faculty, staff as well as visitiors to any Southern Miss campus location, are prohibited from possessing firearms, explosives, weapons, or any item that may be construed as such on the premises of the university or in any building under university control. This prohibition applies regardless of whether a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor. Failure to comply with state law or IHL and university policies will result in disciplinary action or criminal prosecution or both. See University Code of Student Conduct, T, and related A, B, and C. See also Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) Policy 1106. See also Section 97-37-17 of the Mississippi Code, which could make it a felony for any student to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed , any firearm on university property. For more information, contact the University Police Department at 601.266.4986 or the Dean of Students Office at 601.266.6028. See also www.usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-stua-upd-003 (http://www.usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-stua-upd-003).