Possession of Weapons on Campus

Students
The following personal actions on University property or at official University functions shall be considered non-academic misconduct and be subject to disciplinary action: Use, possession, or storage of any weapon on University premises or at University-sponsored activities and events (unless approved by the Department of Public Safety; such approval will be given only in extraordinary circumstances). (1)

Students must also be familiar with Regent Ordinance Article X (Weapons) that also applies to possession of weapons on campus.

Faculty/Staff
The University of Michigan Standard Practice Guide Section 201.94 was issued on 3/12/01 to address the subject of weapon possession on campus. This policy states;

I. Policy
Except as otherwise provided below, employees are prohibited at any time while on any property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the University, or elsewhere in the course of their employment with the University, from possessing or discharging any firearm; possessing or using any explosive or any knife, sword or machete having a blade longer than four (4) inches or, in the case of a knife with a mechanism to lock the blade in place when open, longer than three (3) inches; or possessing, discharging or using any other dangerous weapon. Employees are also prohibited at any time while on any property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the University, or elsewhere in the course of employment, from possessing any chemical or any other dangerous substance or compound with the intent of causing injury to another. The prohibitions in this Standard Practice Guide apply regardless of whether the employee has a concealed weapon permit or is otherwise authorized by law to possess, discharge or use any such device.

The prohibition in the previous paragraph does not apply:

(a) to a peace officer who is a member of the University's Department of Public Safety, who is regularly employed by the University, and who has been authorized by the Director of the Department of Public Safety to carry weapons as outlined by Department of Public Safety policy; or

(b) to an employee authorized by the University to possess or use such a device during the time when the employee is engaged in work for the University requiring such a device; or

(c) during the time when the device is worn as part of a military or fraternal uniform in connection with a public ceremony, parade or theatrical performance; or

(d) when the Director of the Department of Public Safety has waived the prohibition based on extraordinary circumstances. Any such waiver must be in writing, signed by the Director, and must define its scope and duration.

The Director of the Department of Public Safety may impose certain restrictions upon individuals who are otherwise authorized to possess or use such devices pursuant to the preceding paragraph when the Director determines such restrictions are appropriate under the circumstances.

II. Regulations

Employees who violate this policy may be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge.

Faculty/Staff should also be familiar with Regent Ordinance Article X (Weapons) that also applies to possession of weapons on campus.

Regent Ordinance Article X (Weapons)
Regent Amended Ordinance Article X (Weapons) applies to the possession of weapons on University properties..
Section 1. Scope of Article X. Article X applies to all property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan and applies regardless of whether the individual has a concealed weapons permit or is otherwise authorized by law to possess, discharge or use any device referenced below.

Section 2. Possession of Firearms, Dangerous Weapons and Knives. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4, no person shall while on any property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan: (1) possess any firearm or any other dangerous weapons as defined in or interpreted under Michigan law or (2) wear on his or her person or carry in his or her clothing any knife, sword or machete having a blade longer than four (4) inches, or, in the case of a knife with a mechanism to lock the blade in place when open, longer than three (3) inches.

Section 3. Discharge or Use of Firearms, Dangerous Weapons and Knifes. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4, no person shall discharge or otherwise use any device listed in the preceding Section on any property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Section 4. Exceptions.

(1) Except to the extent regulated under Subparagraph (2), the prohibitions in Article X do not apply:

(a) to University employees who are authorized to possess and/or use such a device pursuant to Standard Practice guide 201.94;

(b) to non-University law enforcement officers of legally established law enforcement agencies or to other non-University employees who, in either situation, are authorized by their employer to possess or use such a device during the time the employee is engaged in work requiring such a device;

(c) when someone possess or uses such a device as part of a military or similar uniform or costume in connection with a public ceremony or parade or theatrical performance;

(d) when someone possesses or uses such a device in connection with a regularly scheduled educational, recreational or training program authorized by the University;

(e) when someone possesses or uses such a device for recreational hunting on property which has been designated for such activity by the University provided such possession and use is in strict compliance with applicable law; or

(f) when the Director of the University's Department of Public Safety has waived the prohibition based on extraordinary circumstances. Any such waiver must be in writing and must define its scope and duration.

(2) The Director of the Department of Public Safety may impose restrictions upon individuals who are otherwise authorized to possess or use such a device pursuant to Subsection (1) when the Director determines that such restrictions are appropriate under the circumstances.

Section 5. Violation Penalty.
A person who violates this Article X is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, punishable by imprisonment for not less than ten (10) days and no more than sixty (60) days, or by fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) or both.

 

 

(1) Student Right's Policy, University of Michigan-Flint