Process to Implement Campus Carry Law Includes Input From Faculty, Staff, Students
Senate Bill 11, also known as “campus carry,” was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott in June 2015. The legislation requires that public universities and colleges allow handgun license-holders to carry concealed weapons on campus beginning in August 2016. The bill also allowed the University to recommend locations where concealed carry are prohibited.
A campus working group assisted with the creation of the UT Dallas recommendations for submission to the University of Texas System Board of Regents, which has final authority on all campus carry implementation policies. The group's recommendation process has provided opportunities for feedback from and in consultation with University stakeholders including students, faculty and staff.
This page is devoted to documenting the process and will be updated periodically. Please send feedback or comments to [email protected].
Aug. 1, 2016
A revised campus carry policy was enacted at UT Dallas. After further consideration of policies at other UT System campuses, the University expanded its policy to allow sole occupants to designate their offices as exclusion zones. For more details, visit our FAQ webpage.
July 13, 2016
The University of Texas System Board of Regents reviewed campus carry recommendations from all campuses and did not vote to make adjustments to the UT Dallas policy. The UT Dallas plan will be implemented as proposed, going into effect. Aug. 1. A campus carry webpage about the new policies was added to the University's website.
April 11, 2016
President ad interim Hobson Wildenthal notified the campus of his Recommendations. Once approved by the Board of Regents, the policy would go into effect Aug. 1. He established a Campus Carry Implementation Working Group to be led by Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and associate dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
April 8, 2016
Jan. 12, 2016: Working Group Submits Recommendations
The University of Texas System working group, charged with studying the implementation of Senate Bill 11, has issued its recommendations regarding concealed carry on UT System campuses. See details.
Sept. 22, 2015: Campus Community Contributes at Town Hall
About 700 people attended a Town Hall Meeting, which offered the opportunity for staff, faculty and students to give input regarding the University’s recommendations for the implementation of Senate Bill 11.
President ad interim Hobson Wildenthal, UT Dallas campus liaison Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology, and UT Dallas Police Chief Larry Zacharias responded to questions and comments from the audience.
Piquero said the input would be reviewed and considered before the Campus Working Group makes recommendations to the University of Texas System Board of Regents, who will ultimately determine implementation plans for all of the system campuses.
Further input is welcomed. Please send comments to [email protected].
Sept. 14, 2015: Town Hall Meeting Announced
A Town Hall Meeting dedicated to receiving stakeholder feedback regarding campus carry was scheduled for 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall.
The forum offered UT Dallas students, faculty and staff the opportunity to give input regarding the implementation of Senate Bill 11.
Sept. 3, 2015: UT Dallas Working Group Formed
President ad interim Hobson Wildenthal established a campus-wide working group that will recommend implementation policies to UT System, including locations where concealed carry would be prohibited.
Sept. 2, 2015: Working Group Chair Appointed
Nominated by President ad interim Hobson Wildenthal, Professor Alex Piquero was named UT Dallas campus liaison to the UT System and chair of the campus-wide working group.
June 16, 2015: Chancellor McRaven Advises Campuses
UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven sent a memo to the presidents of the component institutions informing them of the signing of SB 11 by Gov. Greg Abbott. read memo
June 13, 2015: Senate Bill 11 Signed Into Law
Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 11, also known as “campus carry,” into law. read bill
June 1, 2015: Chancellor McRaven Responds to Legislation
UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven released a statement on the passage of SB 11. read statement
Campus Working Group
Committee Chair: Alex Piquero Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
President ad interim
Dean of Undergraduate Education and Mary McDermott Cook Distinguished Chair for Undergraduate Education and Research
Dean of McDermott Library
Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Provost, Ashbel Smith Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, Speaker of Faculty Senate
Staff Council President
Vice President for Student Affairs
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Vice President for Administration
Vice President for Public Affairs
Vice President for University Advancement
University Police Chief
Student Government President
Comet Families Ambassador
When does SB 11 go into effect?
The campus carry bill takes effect Aug. 1, 2016.
Does SB 11 apply to all universities and colleges?
No. Private Texas colleges and universities may choose to opt out of campus carry. SB11 takes effect for community college campuses Aug. 1, 2017, one year after it takes effect at public universities.
What requirements must the holder of a concealed handgun permit meet in order to carry on campus?
The person must have a concealed handgun license, meaning they received the state-mandated training and met other requirements, including being at least 21 years of age and a legal Texas resident.
Will UT Dallas train concealed handgun license holders how to respond to threats on campus?
No. The University will not provide any training to CHL holders.
Does the Universty or UT Dallas Police expect concealed handgun license holders to defend themselves and/or others in the event of an active shooter?
No, neither the University nor the UT Dallas Police expect a CHL holder to take action in this situation. The decision by a CHL holder to act on their own is the sole decision of that person. The only expectation of a CHL holder, as is the expectation of anyone in this situation, is that they not present themselves as a threat to a police officer and that all orders of the police officer be immediately obeyed.
Can the University identify all of the students, faculty and staff members who hold a concealed handgun license?
No. Information about people who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun is confidential.
Does SB 11 allow for open carry?
No. SB 11 allows license holders to carry concealed handguns. It is, and will still be, considered a criminal offense if the license holder carries a partially or wholly visible handgun, or if the person intentionally or knowingly displays the handgun in plain view of another person. The "open carry" law, House Bill 910 which was passed in June 2015, specifically excludes university campuses from laws that allow open carry elsewhere in Texas.
What are the current rules regarding guns on campus?
Currently, license holders are permitted to carry concealed weapons on campus streets and sidewalks and in parking lots. Concealed weapons currently are not allowed inside any University buildings.
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