Weapons on Campus (Possession, Carry or Use)
To define “weapons” and to describe requirements regarding the possession, carry or use of weapons on property owned by or under the control of the University of Kansas, Lawrence Campus.
Students, faculty, staff, or visitors of the University of Kansas, Lawrence Campus
In accordance with long-standing Board of Regents and University of Kansas administrative policies, the University prohibits students, employees, and visitors from possessing, carrying or using weapons of any type on property owned by or under the control of the University. This policy applies to all students, including those licensed for concealed carry of handguns. Similarly, this policy prohibits employees from concealed carry of handguns on campus except when employees are licensed for concealed carry and are in private conveyances. The only other exceptions are those recognized under the State of Kansas Personal Family and Protection Act (K.S.A. 75-7c01 et. seq.) (“PFPA”) for the concealed carry of handguns by licensed visitors and guests. Such visitors and guests, even if licensed for concealed carry of handguns, may never bring handguns into any building (other than parking garages or parking lots) or any sporting event on University campuses. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal of employees or expulsion of students. Violators also may be asked to leave University property, and if they refuse to do so, such refusal may constitute an unlawful trespass. Violation of the PFPA may also result in criminal charges.
Notification of the University’s weapons policy will be provided in the student’s code of conduct, housing contracts, and employee policies. Signage with the language “Possession of Weapons of Any Type, Including All Firearms, in University of Kansas Buildings Is Strictly Prohibited” will also be posted at all building and facility entrances pursuant to applicable Kansas state statutes and amendments.
This prohibition shall not apply to the performance of job duties by duly authorized law enforcement officers while acting in the scope of their employment, Board of Regents approved academic programs or university approved activities/practices requiring the possession, carry or use of weapons. Requests for such use of weapons must be submitted to the Provost Office for review and subsequent notification to the Board. Any unit approved to have a weapon(s) is required to have a procedure that outlines the safe possession, use and storage of such devices.
This policy applies to all weapons on campus including student-owned hunting weapons which may not be stored or kept under any circumstances in any Student Housing facility. The Public Safety Office has a limited number of secure storage spaces, which students residing in campus housing may use without charge on a first-come, first-served basis to store their hunting weapons or which any University department may use to store University-owned weapons.
Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal of employees or expulsion of students. Violators also may be asked to leave University property, and if they refuse to do so, such refusal may constitute an unlawful trespass.
Policy Office, Division of the Office of the Provost
- Any object or device which will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel bullet, shot, shell, BB, or pellet, by the action of an explosive, spring, or other propellant;
- Any handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or other firearm of any nature including concealed handguns licensed pursuant to the Personal and Family Protection Act, and amendments thereto;
- Any BB gun, pellet gun, air/C’02 gun, or blow gun;
- Any major components, including barrels, stocks or grips, and receivers, of firearms, whether partial components or components of a complete firearm;
- Any electronic device designed to discharge immobilizing levels of electricity, commonly known as a stun gun or taser;
- Any explosive, including all types of ammunition for firearms, incendiary or poison gas (A) bomb, (B) mine, (C) grenade, or (D) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, or (E) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than ¼ ounce;
- Any incendiary or explosive material, liquid, solid or mixture equipped with a fuse, wick or other detonating device;
- Any tear gas bomb or smoke bomb; however, personal self-defense items containing mace or pepper spray shall not be deemed to be a weapon for the purposes of this policy;
- Any knife, commonly referred to as a switch-blade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement;
- Any straight-blade knife of four inches or more such as a dagger, dirk, dangerous knife or stiletto; except that an ordinary pocket knife of less than four inches or culinary knife designed for and used solely in the preparation or service of food shall not be construed to be a weapon for the purposes of this policy;
- Any martial arts weapon such as nun chucks or throwing stars; or
- Any longbow, crossbow and arrows or other projectile that could cause serious harm to any person.
02/22/2017: Fixed broken link to Kansas Board of Regents Policy Manual.
04/02/2015: Fixed broken link to Board of Regents Policy Manual.
12/17/2014: Fixed broken link to Board of Regents Policy Manual; updates to Review, Approval & Change History.
10/17/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
05/21/2013: Updated contact information.
09/08/2010: Updates with reference to K.S.A. 75-7c01 et. seq. and to describe availability of secure weapons storage at the Public Safety Office were approved by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little upon recommendation of Provost Jeffrey S. Vitter.
01/23/2009: Updates to specifically prohibit the possession of major components of firearms and the possession of ammunition were approved by the Chancellor upon recommendation of the Provost.
08/27/2008: Revisions approved by the Chancellor upon recommendation of the Provost to reflect the Kansas Board of Regents policy adopted on 05/14/2008
02/01/1999: Approved by the Chancellor upon recommendation of the Campus Workplace Violence Committee and the Provost and after consultation with the University Senate Executive Committee.