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Campus Carry

The University of Texas at Arlington, along with the rest of the UT System campuses, continues to discuss the implementation of the new “campus carry” law that allows licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on university campuses.

The safety and security of our campus community – especially our students – is of the greatest importance and is the top priority of all of us at UTA.

Updates

May 12, 2016 – UT System Board of Regents will consider campus carry recommendations during July meeting
The University of Texas System Board of Regents met May 12, 2016, to review rules and regulations for UT System institutions related to the Texas campus carry law. The Board decided to discuss the issue further at its scheduled July meeting.

March 7, 2016 – Recommendations Finalized
UTA’s recommendations on implementing campus carry have been finalized and are posted below. Planning for training, communications, facilities adjustments, safety and security concerns, legal and conduct issues continues. Please check this site for regular updates and current information as it becomes available.

February 15, 2016 – Additional Town Hall Meetings
As a follow up to UTA’s submission of its draft recommendations on implementing Senate Bill 11, known as “campus carry,” there will be two additional town hall meetings on Tuesday, Feb. 23, for the campus community to provide feedback on UTA’s implementation plan. See location and times below.

December 7, 2015 – Update from UT System
"UT System will collect all of the draft plans and serve as a point of connection and collaboration for all of the campuses, sharing all the plans with each campus and providing guidance if asked. Final plans will be presented to the Board of Regents at some point in early spring. The plans do not require regent approval, but the regents can vote to modify the plans with a two-thirds majority. Final decisions on what the plans presented to the board will look like rest with the institution presidents."

Draft Recommendations

Below are the DRAFT recommendations UTA has submitted regarding its proposed implementation of Senate Bill 11, known as "campus carry." This is the university's preliminary proposal after several campus conversations this fall containing feedback and suggestions.

This process of hearing from the campus community will continue after the winter break when further opportunities to discuss the draft recommendations will be held.

Please consult this location for updates to the meeting schedule in January.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some typical questions that have been asked about Campus Carry. Please check this page (uta.edu/campuscarry) for updates as more information becomes available.

What does "Campus Carry" mean?

The law will allow those licensed individuals to carry a concealed handgun in buildings on public university campuses.

"Campus Carry" is not "Open Carry."

  • “Open Carry” would allow concealed handgun licensees to carry on the outside of their clothing a properly licensed gun. Under the new law, openly carrying such handguns will still not be allowed on college campuses.
  • “Campus Carry” would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns into buildings on college campuses, except in locations the University establishes as prohibited.

What is UTA doing to implement the new "Campus Carry" law?

Now that recommendations have been finalized, the University awaits formal approval by the UT System Board of Regents. In the meantime, work of the sub-committees continues. Plans are being made to inform the campus community of training and other resources available to prepare for the August 1, 2016 implementation of the law. Please check this site for updates.

What will change on campus as a result of this law?

“Campus carry” policies will allow universities to designate specific areas as places where no handguns are allowed. These determinations will be made as part of the collaborative policy creation process and with appropriate justifications for health and public safety.

When will it happen?

It is important to remember the law does not take effect until August 1, 2016.

What should concerned students, faculty, and staff do?

We are currently discussing this important subject with our various audiences in the coming months. You will receive emails, MavWire and TrailBlazer bulletins, signs and notices and other forms of communication with opportunities for feedback and suggestions.

Please check this page (uta.edu/campuscarry) for updates.

Schedule of meetings

September – October, 2015
Meetings to educate the campus community on SB 11 and have open discussion concerning this new legislation.

Town Hall Meetings

  • September 28: Town Hall #1, 1:00 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center
  • September 30: Town Hall #2, 4:00 p.m., Lonestar Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center
  • October 1: Town Hall #3, 5:00 p.m., University Hall Room 108
  • October 5: Town Hall #4, 7:00 p.m., Rio Grande A, University Center
  • October 13: Town Hall #5, 9:30 a.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center

Additional Meetings

  • September 10: President’s Roundtable
  • September 23: Pizza with the President, noon, Palo Duro Lounge, University Center
  • September 29: Undergraduate Assembly, 2:15 p.m., Concho and Red River, University Center
  • October 1: Graduate Assembly, 2:30 p.m., San Saba, University Center
  • October 7: Faculty Senate, 2:30 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, University Center
  • October 13: Staff Advisory Council, 3:00 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, University Center
  • October 13: Student Congress General Body Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, University Center

November 1, 2015
Consensus recommendations regarding any categories of space to be designated as exclusion zones on campus. (President develops rules, regulations and provisions for System and BOR consideration.)

December 4, 2015
President submits preliminary campus plans to UT System Administration.

December 11, 2015
UT System provides feedback to Presidents.

December 18, 2015
President submits final plan to UT System Administration.

February 23, 2016
Additional town hall meetings to discuss implementation of the law.

  • Faculty/Staff: February 23 at 12:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center
  • Students: February 23 at 2:00 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center

March 2016
Presidents adopt final rules for campuses.

May 2016
BOR meets and reviews campus rules.

July 1, 2016
All new physical plant facilities such as storage lockers, signage, etc. are in place.

August 1, 2016
Law takes effect

UTA campus carry committee chairs

Chair
John Hall

Facilities and Security Co-Chairs
Kim Lemaux, Sharon Carey

Legal and Conduct Issues Co-Chairs
Shelby Boseman, Tim Quinnan

Training and Communications Co-Chairs
Lynne Waters, Eunice Currie