Weapons on Campus

Weapons Prohibited on Campus

Policy
Definitions
Exceptions
Violations


Policy
The University of West Georgia prohibits the possession of any weapon on the campus except as noted below. The Campus is defined by the law to include the campus proper as well as property leased by or loaned to the University for University functions. This includes, but is not limited to, off-campus sites used by Athletics for sporting events or vehicles used by the University to provide transportation for students and staff.  OCGA 16-11-127.1(b).  This prohibition extends to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Definitions
Under the law the following items are considered weapons and therefore may not be possessed on campus. Weapon means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, metal knucks, blackjack, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind, and any stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 16-11-106.  Weapon does not include baseball bats, hockey sticks, or other sports equipment possessed by competitors for legitimate athletic purposes; and this policy does not apply to certain persons acting within their official capacity, i.e., law enforcement officers, prosecuting attorneys, etc. For a complete list, please refer to OCGA § 16-11-127.1(c).

Exceptions
The following exceptions are the only exceptions to this policy:
1.  Weapons which are used in classroom instruction. Weapons used in classroom instruction by faculty, staff, or students must be approved in writing by the UWG Chief of Police prior to the weapon being brought onto campus.  In addition, students must secure approval by the instructor prior to requesting permission from the UWG Chief of Police.  Permission requests to the Chief of Police must include academic justification and security considerations.  Those bringing weapons must comply with the stipulations established by the Chief for security and safety purposes, and failure to do so may be considered a violation of this policy. Weapons brought on campus for classroom instruction will not include live ammunition although deactivated rounds are allowed for demonstration purposes only.
2. Any person (including students) who holds a valid weapons carry license obtained in accordance with OCGA § 16-11-129 or pursuant to OCGA § 43-38-10 may keep a weapon within a vehicle in transit or parked within the campus property.  Please be aware that a permit to carry belongs to an individual and does not automatically extend to persons authorized to operate a vehicle.  If the license holder is not present with the vehicle to be used on campus, make arrangements to remove any weapon from the vehicle prior to entering the campus, or to secure the weapon in a locked compartment, container, or firearm rack, before operating the vehicle on campus.
3. A weapon may be kept in a motor vehicle used by an adult over the age of 21, for the purpose of dropping a student off to, or picking up from, a campus location, a University sponsored function, or a University form of transportation, provided the weapon is under the license holder’s possession and control, or otherwise in a locked compartment, container, or firearm rack of the vehicle.  This exception could also apply to non-University activities conducted on the campus if the activity has been authorized by a duly authorized official at the University.  This exception is intended to allow the presence of weapons in a motor vehicle which is on campus for a short duration and for a specific purpose (i.e., dropping off or picking up a student), and therefore this exception DOES NOT apply to any student of the University; a student must be over the age of 21, must possess a valid weapons carry license and may only keep a weapon inside a parked vehicle on campus or while transiting through campus in a motor vehicle.     

Violations
All persons found in possession of a weapon as defined by state law in OCGA § 16-11-127.1 that does not fall within one of the stated exceptions are subject to arrest. Violations of the law by any person with a valid weapons carry license subjects the violator to a misdemeanor.  Violations of the law by any person without a valid weapons carry license subjects the violator to a felony.  Please refer to OCGA § 16-11-127.1.   Students found in possession of any weapon other than one specifically listed as an exception will also be referred to Student Judicial Affairs for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Staff and faculty will also be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

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Updated: July 2010