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, at the fall 2017 convocation ceremony, and later in an email to the university community, President Denise M. Trauth announced that the Campus Carry Task Force is being reconvened to conduct a holistic review of the implementation of the Campus Carry law on our campuses. As a part of its review, the reconvened Task Force will review post-implementation suggestions that were received during the first year of implementation and proposed rule changes that would allow two new proposed gun-free locations be added (sole occupant employee private, non-suite offices and accredited testing locations). President Trauth invited everyone to share their comments and suggestions by posting them on the holistic review online survey tool on the campus carry webpage and accessible through both the university homepage and the President’s office webpage.
The reconvened Campus Carry Task Force met several times during the fall 2017 semester to conduct the requested holistic review. As a part of its process, the Task Force engaged in research that included reviewing comments received during the first year of implementation of the Campus Carry Law through the online, post-implementation survey, gathering additional comments and suggestions through discussions with university community members, analyzing spreadsheets that presented and compared rules, policies, documents, literature, and webpages from other universities that had implemented campus carry legislation in Texas and across the nation, and analyzing the 1,231 survey comments posted on the holistic review online survey relative to the proposed rule changes that would allow the addition of two new gun-free locations.
As a next step in the process, the reconvened Task Force has scheduled two public forums to gather campus and community input on two recommendations. The forums are open to faculty, students, staff, and community members.
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC FORUMS TO VET RECONVENED CAMPUS CARRY TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS:
Texas State has scheduled two public forums to gather campus and community input on these recommendations. The forums are open to faculty, students, staff, and community members. Each forum will last one hour. The schedules for the public forums are as follows.
- Noon - 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 14, 2017, San Marcos Campus, LBJ Student Center, Room 3.10.1; and
- 5:15 - 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Round Rock Campus, Avery Building, Room 252
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE FORUMS AND LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE!
Individuals who wish to comment on the proposed recommendations at any of the public forums should register to be a speaker when they first arrive at the forum. Registered speakers will be assigned a speaker number, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Speakers will be seated in a special section and will line up at a standing microphone when it is their turn to speak during the public forums. Comments by each speaker will be limited to 2 minutes. When the forums have concluded, participants will be encouraged to post additional comments online. If you are not able to attend a forum and would like to provide your comments to the Task Force, please use the above link to post your comments.
The Task Force will reconvene on December 1, 2017, to consider the comments received at the forums, finalize its recommendations and submit them to the President for her consideration. Subsequently, its recommendations will be submitted to the President for her consideration. Consistent with the law, the President will establish rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by licensed holders on the campuses of Texas State University. The President will present rule changes to the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System for its review and approval.
Online Campus Carry Survey Regarding Task Force Preliminary Rule Change Recommendations
We invite you to attend the Public Forums to comment on the Preliminary Rule Change Recommendations. If you are not able to attend the public forums, please use this survey to post your comments and suggestions.
Past Communications from the President
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 on our campuses, 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.