Brief History of Campus Carry at Texas State University
Texas Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) was passed by the Texas Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 1, 2015. It is often referred to as “Campus Carry.” It permits individuals with either a license to carry or a concealed handgun license, to carry a concealed weapon on public university campuses in Texas beginning August 1, 2016.
As a Texas public university, we are required by the legislature to implement the Campus Carry legislation and we did so in a thoughtful and reasonable manner. We created several resources designed to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members about the new law and the Campus Carry rules and policies in place for the Texas State University Campuses. Additionally, we created documents that provide answers to anticipated questions, best practices guidelines for creating safe classroom and meeting environments, and links to additional campus safety and security information. You will find all of these helpful resources on this website.
After the first year of implementing the Campus Carry Rules on our campuses, we are in the process of conducting a holistic review of the rules and policy. President Denise M. Trauth reconvened the Campus Carry Task Force to work in fall 2017 to review post-implementation suggestions that have been received and proposed additions to the rules, consult with the campus community to receive additional comments and suggestions, create proposed recommended changes/revisions, vet the proposed recommendations at public hearings to be held in fall 2017, and present final recommendations for her consideration. After receiving the final recommendations, President Trauth will update the rules and policy and present them to the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System for approval.
Invitation to Participate in the Fall 2017 Holistic Review of Campus Carry Rules and Policy After the First Year of Implementation
Maintaining a safe, secure educational environment that continues to allow unfettered academic discourse is important to all of us. Please help us attain these goals, by allowing us to continue to hear your voices as we conduct a holistic review of our Campus Carry Rules and Policy after the first year of implementation. If you would like to offer suggestions about how Texas State can improve its implementation of Campus Carry on our campuses or make suggestions concerning revisions you would like to see made in our Campus Carry Rules or Policy, please use the online survey tool that can be accessed by clicking the button below to provide us with your comments and suggestions.
Online Campus Carry Holistic Review Survey
As a part of our holistic review process after the first year of implementation of the Campus Carry law on our campuses, we invite you to provide your comments and suggestions about revisions you would like to see made in the Texas State Campus Carry Rules and Policy. Please contribute your voice by completing a brief survey.
Fall 2017 Email Message from the University President to the Campus Community Announcing the Review of Campus Carry Rules and Policy After the First Year of Implementation
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
As I promised to do when we implemented the Campus Carry rules on Texas State University Campuses last year, we have begun the process of conducting a holistic review of the Texas State Campus Carry rules and policy after the first year of implementation. During the 2016-2017 implementation year, many of you used the online post-implementation survey to provide suggestions to me about how our implementation of the Campus Carry rules on our campuses can be improved. I want to thank you for providing this important feedback. After reviewing these suggestions, monitoring the implementation of the Campus Carry rules on our campuses, and reviewing the implementation of Campus Carry rules at peer institutions, I have decided to propose the addition of the following designated gun-free locations to our policy:
- A private staff and/or faculty sole occupant office at the option of the office occupant; and
- A testing center during the time period that the site is being used to administer a test where the accreditation standards for the test administrator require that the test be administered in a gun-free testing environment.
I have reconvened the Campus Carry Task Force to work fall 2017, to consider the post-implementation suggestions we have received and the addition of the proposed designated gun-free locations, obtain additional feedback from the campus community, hold public hearings to vet tentative recommendations, and provide me with its final recommendations.
As an additional method of hearing your voices concerning changes to the Texas State University Campus Carry rules and policy, during the next four weeks, I invite you to share your opinions, comments, and suggestions with us by using the new online survey that can be found on the Campus Carry website: www.txstate.edu/campuscarry. In addition to this survey tool, this website contains a robust array of resources that I hope you find helpful including: Frequently Asked Questions about Campus Carry, links to our Campus Carry rules, the University Policy and Procedure Statement that addresses the concealed carrying of handguns by licensed holders on University premises, General Notice Statements to be used on websites and documents, Best Practices Guidelines for Creating a Safe Classroom Environment, Best Practices Guidelines for Creating a Safe Meeting Environment, and links to Campus Safety Information. I encourage you to engage in the process of reviewing our Campus Carry rules and policy. I am proud of the way our campus community has implemented this mandatory legislation by working collaboratively to create rules and a policy that has allowed our campuses to continue to provide a safe academic environment while achieving our educational mission. I look forward to receiving your input, the Task Force recommendations, and updating our Campus Carry rules and policy to present to the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System for approval.
Denise M. Trauth
President, Texas State University
Frequently Asked Questions
Campus Carry can seem complex. Understanding that, we've taken the liberty of comprehensively answering the most pressing and common questions about Campus Carry, its implementation and its impact on you.
Campus Carry Rules and Policies
- Campus Carry Rules for Texas State University Campuses
- Texas State University UPPS 01.04.45
- The TSUS Rules and Regulations (PDF)
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Statements for Use on Websites, Documents and Literature
The following language should be used university-wide to provide notice to the public about Campus Carry policies.