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Message from President Cevallos regarding university weapons policy

May 9, 2013

Dear KU Campus Community,

I want to provide you with a brief update regarding our university weapons policy.

Within the past year, the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel advised the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) that a blanket prohibition against the possession of weapons on campus is legally unenforceable. As a result, the presidents of the 14 PASSHE institutions were advised by PASSHE's legal team to review current weapons policies to ensure that they are defensible in a court of law.

Our revised policy has been written to prohibit weapons, including legally registered firearms, in academic buildings, administrative buildings, student residence halls (both university owned or leased), dining facilities, student union buildings, athletic facilities, recreation centers, or while attending a sporting, entertainment or educational event on university property or sponsored by the university.

Under the revised policy, the carrying of firearms will be permitted in open areas of campus by those persons who have a government issued license. Any requests for further exceptions must have the approval of the university chief of police. While I am cognizant of the concerns associated with this change, as a state institution we must follow the advice of legal counsel and do what is necessary to comply with the Second Amendment.

I can assure you that we have done everything to implement the strongest policy possible, while staying in compliance with constitutional rights.

We will be working to establish procedures related to these changes in the months ahead. A complete copy of the policy is below.

Sincerely,

F. Javier Cevallos,
President