Finding: Traditionally, the occupant of an office is vested with substantial control over his or her space if the occupant has been solely assigned to that office and the space is not generally open to the public. This situation already exists in many offices on campus, so it is appropriate to continue this practice for faculty members, students and staffers solely assigned an office.
This policy is designed to preserve the uniqueness of the campus environment and to address specific safety considerations expressed by faculty members, staffers and students. Faculty, staff and student offices have traditionally been places where members of the university community can have open dialogue on academic, research, performance or disciplinary matters. With the introduction of handguns into these environments, many faculty members, students and staffers have expressed concerns that permitting the carrying of handguns in offices will inhibit open dialogue especially when discussing difficult and sensitive issues with peers, students and others. Others have expressed the belief that introducing handguns into environments where matters of performance or discipline are discussed may heighten the risk of gun violence. Permitting the occupant with sole control over an office to limit access will preserve what many consider crucial to the uniqueness of the campus environment.
This policy does not have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on campus. The adoption of this policy is consistent with existing law and is within the authority granted to university presidents.