Creating the policy involved extensive input and discussion on campus starting more than a year ago through the College Council, the shared governance forum involving faculty, staff, students and administrators. Once drafted and recommended by the Council, it was reviewed by the state Attorney General’s office, which serves as legal counsel for the college. The policy was recommended by College Council on Oct. 20, 2015, it was presented to the Board of Trustees on Oct. 28 and it was approved by President Roberts on Oct. 30.
The policy says the college “strives to maintain a safe and productive learning and working environment for students, employees, and community members.” Weapons are described as, but not limited to:
- Any weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be ejected by explosive, such as gunpowder
- Any simulated or actual firearm operated by any mechanism, gas, or compressed air
- Any knife with a blade exceeding three inches in length and/or which opens or is ejected open by an outward, downward thrust or movement, or spring
- Any device, instrument, or object that is used with intent to cause or negligently results in risk of injury or damage to any person or property
The policy states: “Possession, carrying, or display of any weapon by any person, except a commissioned law enforcement officer, is prohibited on College property, in academic buildings, administrative office buildings, recreational facilities, dining facilities, child care facilities, or at any athletic, entertainment, or educational event.”
People who may have a valid concealed weapons permit are not exempt. In these cases, those with such permits and carrying a weapon “may secure such weapon inside their vehicle … provided the vehicle is locked and the weapon is concealed from view.”
Personal protection spray devices as defined by state law are permitted on campus.
Procedures which have also been approved and adopted outline steps to be taken if a weapon is on campus. Reports of weapons should be made to Safety and Security on campus at 206-546-4499 or the 24-hour Safety and Security emergency line at 206-235-5860.
The procedures say that when a weapon is displayed on campus under any circumstance by an individual other than a commissioned law enforcement officer, local police shall be notified immediately by calling 9-1-1 and reporting the incident. After a report to 9-1-1 is completed, Safety and Security staff shall also be notified of the incident for any necessary investigation and action.
Weapons Policy and Procedures Links