Campus Carry Law to Take Effect Aug. 1
University Creates Exclusion Zones for Concealed Carry in New Policy
July 25, 2016
In accordance with SB 11, signs will be posted on entry points of buildings deemed exclusion zones, where concealed carry is prohibited. In addition to the Center for Vital Longevity, the entire facilities of the Center for BrainHealth and the Callier Center campus in Dallas, the highlighted buildings have been designated as exclusion zones. Click here to see a full-size map. More information on the campus carry website.
Beginning Aug. 1, Senate Bill 11, which authorizes handgun license holders to carry their concealed handguns onto the campus and into the general buildings of UT Dallas, is in effect.
On Aug. 1, UT Dallas expanded its policy to allow sole office occupants to designate their spaces as exclusion zones. For more details, see the policy.
As part of the new state law, the University was allowed to establish reasonable rules, regulations or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on campus after receiving input from the campus community. The UT System Board of Regents reviewed UT Dallas’ policy recommendations on July 13.
“For the past year, UT Dallas has worked to develop and implement a campus carry policy that complies with the law while maintaining the maximum safety and security of students, staff, faculty and guests,” said Dr. Alex R. Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and associate dean for graduate programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Piquero served as the chair of both the Campus Carry Working Group and the Implementation Task Force.
The UT Dallas campus carry policy includes exclusion zones, where the concealed carrying of a handgun is prohibited. In accordance with the law, signs will be posted on entry points of UT Dallas buildings that have been designated as exclusion zones. These buildings are:
- Callier Center-Richardson (CR)
- Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory (RL)
- Bioengineering and Sciences Building (BSB)
- University Commons Residence Halls (RHNW, RHN, RHS, RHSW, RHW) and the contiguous dining and recreation facilities: Dining Hall West (DHW) and Recreation Center West (RCW)
- Callier Center-Dallas
- Center for BrainHealth
- Center for Vital Longevity
The essential core facilities of the University, including classrooms, offices and libraries, will all be accessible to licensed individuals carrying concealed handguns in accordance with the law. But in addition to the exclusion zones, the policy has other restrictions and guidelines for licensed carriers.
For instance, UT Dallas buildings and rooms have different uses at different times throughout the year. Therefore, licensed holders are restricted from carrying concealed handguns in various situations.
These restrictions include areas with: the presence of schoolchildren, sporting events, patient care facilities, including the Student Health Center and the Student Counseling Center, and disciplinary hearing or mediation facilities.
Details about the implementation of the policy can be found here. For more information about campus carry, see an explanatory webpage. The UT Dallas community can email comments or concerns to [email protected].