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P/PPS 01.04 - Rules Regarding the Carrying of Concealed Handguns by License Holders on Texas State University Campuses

Rules Regarding the Carrying of Concealed Handguns by License Holders on Texas State University Campuses

P/PPS No. 01.04 (10.01)
Issue No. 1
Effective Date: 6/01/2016
Next Review Date: 6/01/2017 (EY)
Sr. Reviewer: President

  1. BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

    1. Effective August 1, 2016, as authorized by Texas Government Code Section 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 defines a campus to include all land and buildings owned or leased by the 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.

    2. Consistent with the legislative mandates contained in Texas Government Code Section 411.2031 and Texas Penal Code Section 46.035, effective August 1, 2016, Texas State University (“Texas State”) will allow individuals that hold a valid license to carry a concealed handgun (Concealed Handgun License and/or License to Carry) to carry a concealed handgun on land and in buildings owned or leased by Texas State University, 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 University.

    3. The purpose of this Policy is to set forth the reasonable rules, regulations, and provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on all Texas State Campuses.

  2. RULES REGARDING THE CARRYING OF CONCEALED HANDGUNS BY LICENSE HOLDERS ON TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES

    1. General Rules Regarding the Carrying of Concealed Handguns by License Holders on Texas State University Campuses

      1. A license holder has the individual responsibility to safely carry and store a handgun. Texas State will not provide storage for handguns on the San Marcos Campus or on the Round Rock Campus.

      2. A University Policy and Procedure Statement (UPPS) will be created prior to August 1, 2016, that will include a request process that will allow the Provost or appropriate member of the President’s Cabinet to make a recommendation to the President to prohibit the concealed carry of a handgun by a license holder in specific settings and/or circumstances. The request process is to be used when the nature of a particular setting and/or event would create safety concerns relative to the presence of a concealed handgun.

    2. Rules That Prohibit the Carrying of Concealed Handguns by License Holders in Certain Locations on Texas State University Campuses

      1. Concealed Carry is Prohibited in Premises Providing Services or Events for Minor Children as described below:

        1. Child Development Center on San Marcos Campus

        2. Clinic for Autism Research Evaluation and Support (CARES) - 1st floor, Education Building on San Marcos Campus

        3. Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) - Rooms 111 and 112, Avery Building on Round Rock Campus

        4. Speech-Language-Hearing and Physical Therapy Clinics, Rooms 101, 104, 111, 110A, 112-128 in Health Professions Building on San Marcos Campus

        5. Locations used for Pre-K through Grade 12 Summer Activities and Camps on the San Marcos Campus and the Round Rock Campus including, but not limited to the following locations: Residence Halls used for summer camps, the Music Building on San Marcos Campus during summer terms and Avery Building on Round Rock Campus during summer I term

      2. Concealed Carry is Prohibited in Premises Providing Health Services

        1. Student Health Center on San Marcos Campus

        2. Student Health Center in Room 116, Nursing Building on Round Rock Campus

      3. Concealed Carry is Prohibited in Premises Used for Disciplinary, Legal Compliance, and Counseling

        1. 5th Floor of the LBJ Student Center on San Marcos Campus

        2. Room 116, Nursing Building on Round Rock Campus

        3. Premises when used for disciplinary action as defined by official UPPS

      4. Concealed Carry is Prohibited in Premises When Used for Competitive Sporting, NCAA, and UIL Events

        1. Bobcat Stadium

        2. Strahan Coliseum

        3. Bobcat Baseball and Softball Complex

        4. Track and Field Stadium

        5. Other locations on San Marcos Campus and Round Rock Campus where and when said location is used for competitive sporting, NCAA, and UIL events

      5. Concealed Carry is Prohibited in Premises Used for Official Residence or Governmental Events

        1. President’s House and surrounding grounds on San Marcos Campus

        2. Locations when used for governmental meetings on San Marcos Campus and Round Rock Campus

        3. Polling Location on the 3rd floor, LBJ Student Center on San Marcos Campus

  3. REVIEWERS OF THIS PPPS

    1. Reviewers of this PPPS include the following:

      Position Date
      President June 1 EY
  4. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPPS has been approved by the following reviewer and represents Texas State University Presidential policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    President; senior reviewer of this PPPS