Firearms and Weapons Policy

Adopted by: Risk Management Committee
Owner: Safety and Security
Pertains to: Students, faculty, and staff
Description: Hamline University maintains a strict policy prohibiting weapons in the university community, including legal and authorized weapons.
Details:

Hamline University maintains a strict policy prohibiting weapons in the university community, including legal and authorized weapons. Use of any firearm, explosive, weapon, dangerous chemicals, or biological agents on university property or at any university function is prohibited. Other prohibited items include, but are not limited to, swords, pellet or BB guns, knives, paintball guns, and bows and arrows (collectively weapons).

Students, faculty, and staff are not allowed to carry and/or possess weapons at any time while in the University buildings or property, whether or not licensed to do so. University "property" includes, but is not limited to:

  • Buildings
  • Sidewalks or walkways
  • Lawn areas

Students, faculty, and staff are also prohibited from carrying and/or possessing weapons at any time while working or attending University or University-related events, whether or not on University property, including, but not limited to:

  • Driving university vehicles at any time; and
  • Driving privately owned vehicles used in the course of conducting university business.

The university also prohibits university visitors from carrying and/or possessing weapons on university property or attending university or university-related, non-hunting activities. Non-employees include, but are not limited to, vendors, visitors, customers, and potential customers of the university, excluding law enforcement officers.

Reports of any suspected violation of this policy should be made to the Office of Safety and Security (651-523-2100) immediately. Violation of this policy is unacceptable and shall be grounds for discipline. The university will not tolerate retaliation against any employee who reports a suspected violation of this policy.

Visitors who are required to carry a weapon in the scope of their employment would be exceptions to this policy.

As with our other policies, Hamline students are responsible for the behavior of any visitors they have on campus. Students who live in university-owned properties (i.e., residence halls, apartment building, houses) will be held accountable through the judicial process if they or their visitors/guests violate this or other campus policies. If you have any questions or need clarification on the policy, please contact the Associate Dean of Students in Student Affairs division, Dean of Students office.