Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to establish restrictions regarding the possession or use of weapons and other dangerous instruments on campus or at a University-sponsored activity or event.

Policy

Lynn University recognizes the importance of a safe and secure environment for all persons on University premises. Accordingly, the possession and/or use of weapons or other instruments that can be used as weapons are strictly prohibited on University premises, including University parking lots, or at any other location while engaged in University business regardless of whether the person is licensed to carry a weapon or not. This Policy applies to all University employees, students, visitors, customers, and contractors on University property, regardless of whether they are licensed to carry a concealed weapon or not. The only exceptions to this Policy are security guards or other persons who have been given explicit consent by the University to carry a weapon on the property and law enforcement officers. This policy also prohibits unauthorized weapons at any University-sponsored function.

Violators of the University’s Weapons policy are subject to immediate corrective discipline, including termination or expulsion as applicable.

Definitions

Weapons and Dangerous Instruments—includes, but are not limited to: rifles, shotguns, machine guns, semiautomatic rifles, B.B. guns, dart guns, pellet guns, and other firearms; stilettos, razors and other knives capable of inflicting harm. For the purposes of this Policy, a firearm is broadly defined as a weapon capable of firing a projectile and using an explosive charge as a propellant. Individuals with questions about whether an item is covered by this Policy, have the responsibility to contact Campus Safety.

University Property—includes, without limitation, all University owned or leased buildings, and surrounding areas such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and parking lots under the University’’ ownership or control. University-owned or leased vehicles are covered by this Policy at all times regardless of whether they are on University property at the time.

Procedures/Guidelines

I. Exceptions

Approval for possession and use of firearms or other dangerous instruments is limited to specific situations and must be obtained in writing from Campus Security.

To learn more about this policy or the supporting procedures, please contact Campus Safety.

Policy updated on: Aug. 21, 2018