The Campus Carry Implementation Task Force (CCITF) was charged with the responsibility of implementing the Policy Statements promulgated by President Fenves in his February 17, 2016 message on Campus Carry Policies and Implementation Strategies (https://utexas.app.box.com/v/campus-carry-report).
The task of the CCITF was to develop guidelines, rules and practices to comply with the Policy Statements adopted by the president and to comply with the Campus Carry Law. SB 11, 84th Legislature (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/GV/htm/GV.411.htm#411.2031) provides that:
(d-1) After consulting with students, staff, and faculty of the institution regarding the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations, and the uniqueness of the campus environment, the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of higher education in this state shall establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution. The president or officer may not establish provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution.
One of the first tasks of the CCITF was to translate the President’s policy statements into the University of Texas at Austin handbook of operating procedures. Handbook of Operating Procedure (HOP) 8-1060 (https://www.policies.utexas.edu/policies/campus-concealed-carry) is the result and details these policies. This HOP procedure also outlines the process for faculty, staff and students to appeal the implementation of the President’s policies by the CCITF. The HOP procedure appeals process states:
J. Process and Appeal A student, or a member of the faculty or staff of the University may appeal a decision regarding the implementation of a policy contained herein to the Campus Safety and Security Committee/associate vice president for campus safety and security for consideration. A further appeal of the decision of the Campus Safety and Security Committee/associate vice president for campus safety and security may be made to the vice president for university operations. The vice president for university operations may approve, reject, or modify the decision in question, or may submit the issue to the Campus Safety and Security Committee/associate vice president for campus safety and security for reconsideration. The decision of the vice president for university operations to approve, reject, or modify a decision is final. Additional policies or exclusion areas not provided for in this policy will not be the subject of or considered as a matter of appeal. In accordance with Texas Government Code, Section 411.2031, the president is authorized to enact reasonable rules and regulations regarding the concealed carry of handguns on campus.
The appeals process will permit review of CCITF decisions, and may provide for additional review of exclusion decisions. When considering an appeal, additional information or clarification regarding the HOP and CCITF decisions may be obtained from these committee members who can provide consultation in their area:
- Hazardous Laboratories: John Salsman (John.Salsman@austin.utexas.edu)
- Animal Research: Glen Otto (firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Patient Care: Chris Brownson (email@example.com)
- School Sponsored Activities: Jimmy Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- General: Bob Harkins (email@example.com)
Contact information regarding each area are provided to address specific questions regarding the HOP and CCITF decisions. To submit an appeal, a student, or a member of the faculty or staff of the University (appellant) shall complete the form below noting the area to be appealed and submit the form to the Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security. The Appeals Sub-Committee of the Campus Safety and Security Committee will review the request and provide a recommendation to the full Campus Safety and Security Committee for review and decision. The appellant will be informed of the decision. If the appellant disagrees with the decision of the Campus Safety and Security Committee, the appellant can further appeal the decision to the Vice President for University Operations as indicated in the HOP procedure. The decision of the Vice President for University Operations is final.
Selecting the appropriate area of appeal will take a person wishing to appeal to the category within the HOP policy statement and the CCITF criteria to an appeal form.
It is important to note the following when considering an appeal:
- Appeals Sub-Committee will review actual situations and will not posit or review hypotheticals.
- The Appeals Sub-Committee cannot not make or change policies. State law authorizes the president to make or change policies. Appeals should be focused on the implementation of an existing policy.
- Photographs, documentation and other evidence will be helpful in the deliberation process, and should be submitted along with your appeal. An electronic appeal form will permit a member of the university community to submit an appeal. To do so, click on the category of exclusion you wish to appeal, complete the form and email as indicated.
An electronic appeal form will permit a member of the university community to submit an appeal. To do so, click on the category of exclusion you wish to appeal, complete the form and email as indicated.