December 10, 2015
Dear UT Austin Community,
For the past three months, the Campus Carry Policy Working Group has wrestled with the challenge of developing a set of recommended rules and regulations for campus carry. This morning, we delivered our report to President Gregory L. Fenves. The report includes 25 recommendations regarding the implementation of Senate Bill 11. After studying our report, President Fenves will issue policies to implement the law.
The Working Group is keenly aware of the sentiment on campus. We reviewed and considered more than 3,300 responses to our online survey as well as the numerous other submissions we received from individuals, departments and schools, student groups, professional associations and organizations, individuals, and the Faculty Council. We thank all of you who submitted written comments, as well as everyone who attended our public forums, participated in meetings with campus constituent groups, or communicated with individual members of the Working Group. Your thoughtful comments, together with our investigation into how campus carry has been implemented in other states, greatly informed our deliberations.
Our discussions were often quite intense. We strived to forge recommendations that will promote safety on campus in a way that complies with the law. In the end, we were able to reach consensus on 25 recommendations, grouped in four categories: (1) how handguns must be carried and stored; (2) where handguns must not be carried; (3) incidental implementation measures; and (4) proactive measures. Although we are aware that most public attention has focused on where handguns will and will not be allowed, we hope everyone will also pay close attention to our recommendations regarding how handguns may be carried and stored. These are designed to ensure that our campus will be as safe as possible. Our proactive measure recommendations seek to address campus safety issues, alleviate the fears aroused by S.B. 11, and enhance the University’s role in the study of gun violence.
As you will see, our report is rather lengthy. For those who do not have time to read it in full, an executive summary can be found at the beginning of the report. We hope, however, you read the full report and find – even if you disagree with some or much of what we conclude – that it reflects an honest and good-faith effort to deal with an extraordinarily difficult and divisive issue.
Campus Carry Policy Working Group