It is the policy of the University of West Georgia that possession of any weapon on the campus except by the University police or a weapon approved for classroom instruction is prohibited. This prohibition extends to all faculty, staff, students and visitors. All persons found in possession of a weapon as defined by state law are subject to arrest. Students found in possession of a weapon will also be referred to Student Judiciary while staff and faculty will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.
Weapons which are to approved for classroom instruction must be approved by the UWG Chief of Police prior to the weapon being brought onto campus. Those bringing weapons must comply with the stipulations established by the Chief reference security and safety. In no case will live ammunition to be brought with the weapon though deactivated rounds are allowed for demonstration purposes.
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. This paragraph excludes any of these instruments used for classroom work authorized by the teacher. (OCGA 16-11-127.1.a.2)
The Campus is defined by the law to include the campus proper as well as property leased by or loaned to the University for campus 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 also fall under the authority of the law. (OCGA 16-11-127.1.b)