Weapons Possession Policy
The unapproved possession (except License To Carry Holders) use, or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major or minor explosives, or any lethal weapon is forbidden and subject to university discipline as well as to criminal sanctions. University guidelines for Firearms in University Property, as outlined by Senate Bill 11 of the Texas Legislature and State Federal Law are provided in the SRSU Policy ID: AMP 2.33, and included in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. All university athletic properties and the Sul Ross Childcare Center are posted as areas that prohibit firearms on the premises as defined in the Texas Government Code Sec. 411.2031.
Prohibition on Weapons
Firearms in which their owners are not License to Carry Holders.
Large knives and blades longer than 5.5 inches
Any device powered by CO2 cartridges
Any device that expels any type of projectile
Explosives and ammunition of any type
Sul Ross State University will not provide storage for Firearms on the campus. It is the responsibility of the owner to properly store their firearm in a location allowable by law.
“Campus Carry” or Concealed Handgun Policy
Senate Bill 11, commonly referred to as the “campus carry” law, was passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015. The law states that, beginning on August 1, 2016, a person who holds a Texas License to Carry a Concealed Handgun may carry a concealed handgun on the grounds and in the buildings of an institution of higher education. The law gives public colleges and universities some discretion to regulate campus carry including designating certain areas on campus where concealed handguns are prohibited. The law requires the College to receive approval of its campus carry policy from the Board of Regents and implement the same by August 1, 2016.Sul Ross State University recognizes that a safe and secure environment is critical to maintaining a climate that is conducive to learning. The University’s Campus Carry Policy is consistent with the State of Texas Law and the governing policies and procedures of the Texas State University System Board of Regents. The consequences of violation of this Policy including University disciplinary action and possible criminal penalties.
The Campus Carry or Concealed Handgun Policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors; and individuals and organizations doing business on or on behalf of Sul Ross State University.
Firearms in the Residential Communities
Only students that have a valid License to Carry (LTC) may carry a concealed handgun in all residential communities (Residence Halls and Apartments). License holders residing in campus housing are responsible for the safe storage of their handgun whenever it is not on or about their person. This locking case or safe must be kept out of sight of roommates or guests. Long guns are prohibited in all residential communities.
Handguns & ammunition must be stored in a locking case or safe provided by the license holder and approved by the Office of Residential Living and/or the University Police Department. Prior to storing their authorized handguns in residential communities, students must set up a meeting with one of the Residential Living professional staff members. To prepare for your meeting, please come with this information: A photo of the storage safe, safe’s make and model, and the safe’s specifications.
Authorized handguns & ammunition should be stored:
- In a locking case or safe located in your bedroom
- Out of sight
- Inaccessible by unauthorized individuals
If you are unsure of what locking case or safe to purchase, review the examples below or contact the Office of Residential Living (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Examples of approved locking case or safe:
The consequences of violation of this Policy include University disciplinary action and possible criminal penalties. License to Carry holders must follow the University policies and State and Federal Law.