Concealed Carry of Handguns by UPPS No. 01.04.45 License Holders on University Premises Issue No. 1 Effective Date: 01/16/2018 Review: June 1 E3Y
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 campuses and controlled premises.
01.02 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 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 Section 411.2031 and Texas Penal Code Section 46.035, effective August 1, 2016, Texas State University (“Texas State”) will allow individuals who hold a valid license (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 and approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.
01.04 No person shall openly carry firearm(s) or illegal weapons (as defined in Texas Penal Code 46.05a) or display a deadly weapon in a manner calculated to cause alarm (as prohibited by Texas Penal Code Section 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" means any firearm that is designed, made, or adapted to be fired with one hand.
02.02 "Child" or "minor" is 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" denotes all land and buildings owned or leased by Texas State University.
02.04 “Concealed Handgun License (CHL)” and/or “License To Carry (LTC)” refers to the license issued by the state 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 Section 411.2031.
02.05 “gun-free zone” refers to 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” refers to 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 The phrases “disciplinary matters,” “legal and quasi-judicial matters,” and “legal compliance matters” refer to matters that may result in warnings, sensitive procedural actions, and/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.
03.01 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 University 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. Premises designated as a polling location may change from time to time. Including by way of example, a portion of the 3rd floor of the LBJ Student Center is a designated 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.
d. On premises when used for religious worship.
03.02 Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 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 University 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:
a. Child Development Center (CDC)
b. Clinic for Autism Research Evaluation and Support (CARES)
c. Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) –Round Rock Campus
d. Speech-Language-Hearing and Physical Therapy Clinics
e. 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 San Marcos Campus and the Avery Building on Round Rock Campus during summer sessions.
b. Concealed Carry is prohibited in facilities providing Health Services
a. Student Health Center- San Marcos Campus
b. Student Health Center - Round Rock Campus
c. Concealed Carry is prohibited in premises used for Disciplinary Matters, Legal Compliance, Counseling, and Accredited Testing Locations
a. 5th Floor of the LBJ Student Center including the Texas State Counseling Center
b. Student Health Center/Counseling Center, Room 116, Nursing Building on Round Rock Campus
c. 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. Premises when used to administer a test where accreditation standards require that the test be administered in a gun-free location
d. 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) Designated polling 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 to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs or other appropriate member of the President’s Cabinet (Attachment A). The 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 Board of Regents of The Texas State University System, 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 and/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 1 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/her handgun.
05.02 By Texas statute (GC §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.
06.01 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:
Special Assistant to the President
June 1 E3Y
Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs
June 1 E3Y
Vice-President for Student Affairs
June 1 E3Y
Chair, Faculty Senate
June 1 E3Y
Chair, Staff Council
June 1 E3Y
Director, University Police
June 1 E3Y
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