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Important Notice For Students Residing on the Brenham Campus



Any resident of campus housing, who is a handgun license holder and wants to store a handgun in his/her room, must provide and properly install their own steel safe in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.



Requeset for 30.06 Signage

Request for Prohibition of Licensed Carry



 

Informational Forums

In the coming weeks, Blinn College’s Campus Carry Task Force and the Blinn College Police Department will host a series of informational forums regarding Senate Bill 11, commonly referred to as the Campus Carry Law, and Blinn College’s policies regarding the law. Senate Bill 11 went into effect at all Texas public community colleges on August 1, and gives individuals holding a concealed handgun license the legal right to carry a concealed handgun onto community college campuses.

These forums will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, Aug. 8 – Bryan Campus Student Center, Room F-120, noon.
Wednesday, Aug. 9 – Brenham Campus Student Center, Conference Room, noon.
Wednesday, Aug. 30 – Bryan Campus Student Center, Room F-120, noon.
Wednesday, Aug. 30 – Brenham Campus Student Center, Conference Room, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 7 – Bryan Campus Student Center, Room F-120, noon.
Thursday, Sept. 7 – Brenham Campus Student Center, Conference Room, 6 p.m.


Blinn College board approves policy regarding campus carry

Senate Bill 11 goes into effect for Blinn and other Texas community colleges on Aug. 1

April 18, 2017


The Blinn College Board of Trustees approved amendments regarding campus carry to Policy CHF(LOCAL) during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Senate Bill 11, also known as the “campus carry” law, was passed during the 84th Texas Legislature and allows concealed handgun license holders to carry concealed handguns at Texas higher education institutions. The law became effective for four-year public universities in August 2016, and will go into effect at Texas community colleges on August 1, 2017

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While concealed carry will become active on that date, the open carrying of firearms remains illegal at Texas public universities and community colleges.

 

Senate Bill 11 allows college presidents and CEOs to establish reasonable rules for restricted zones on campus while incorporating feedback from faculty, staff, students, and the community. To assist in this task, Blinn established a 34-member Campus Carry Task Force representing administrators, faculty, staff, and students from the College’s four campuses. This task force presented Blinn District President/CEO Dr. Mary Hensley a 245-page report detailing its research and public input, and outlining its recommendations for campus carry guidelines at Blinn College.

 

“I would like to commend the Campus Carry Task Force for the countless hours of research and discussion that provided the foundation for Blinn’s campus carry policies,” Hensley said. “The Task Force’s efforts have helped to ensure that all Blinn College locations remain a safe environment for students, employees, and campus visitors.”

 

The Task Force designed its recommendations to allow campus carry unless specific extenuating circumstances required exceptions. Whenever possible, Blinn’s Task Force recommendations matched the policies established at Texas A&M University to prevent confusion for the significant number of students who co-enroll at both institutions.

 

Blinn’s amended policy prohibits concealed carry on the second floor of the Health Science Center Campus due to the presence of hands-on labs that require physical contact, as well as MRI and x-ray machines that pose a safety risk with the presence of firearms.

The policy also bans concealed carry at UIL-sponsored events and sporting events, where firearms are already banned by Texas Penal Code Subsection 46.035(b)(2).

Concealed carry will be banned during any grievance process, appeal proceeding involving a disinterested third-party committee gathering testimony from the involved parties, or the formal hearing portion of the total process, as detailed in Board policy and administrative regulations.

Signage in accordance with Texas Penal Code 30.06 will be posted clearly identifying locations where concealed carry is prohibited. All such signage will be posted by the Blinn College Police Department.

 

Blinn’s campus carry policy includes no specific firearms ban in:

  • campus residential facilities, provided the student acquires a mandatory, approved storage device;
  • single-occupant offices, though faculty members may follow an appeals process to seek exclusion;
  • areas where minor children are present, based on Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Opinion KP-0120;
  • classrooms that include dual credit students, although rules for off-campus sites will be applicable;
  • the Star of the Republic Museum or the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center;
  • campus health clinics or the Post Office Campus in Bryan;
  • or in Blinn College vehicles.

 

In the coming months, the Campus Carry Task Force’s Communications Subcommittee will partner with the Blinn College Police Department to host a series of presentations describing Blinn’s campus carry policy and answering questions. These sessions will play an important role in continuing to familiarize students, employees, and campus visitors with Senate Bill 11 and the College’s campus carry policies.

For more information regarding campus carry at Blinn College, please visitwww.blinn.edu/campus-carry.

 


 

To:                  Co-Enrolled Blinn College and Texas A&M University Students
Subject:          Campus Carry at Blinn College and Texas A&M University

 

Dear Co-Enrolled Blinn College Student,

As many of you are aware, the 84th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11, commonly known as the “campus carry” bill. While this law is effective August 1, 2016 for universities such as Texas A&M, it does not go into effect for Blinn and other community colleges until August 1, 2017.

On that date, individuals holding a concealed handgun license (CHL) will have the legal right to carry a concealed handgun onto community college campuses where permitted; however, they cannot openly carry the handgun. (It is important to note that the “campus carry” law is separate and apart from the law governing “open carry.” With “open carry,” it is illegal to display a firearm on the premises of any college campus.)


Some have inquired about rules that will be applicable to students who are age 21 years and older and take classes on both the Blinn and Texas A&M or other 4-year university campuses. For the 2016-17 instructional year, these students must follow two sets of rules that will allow concealed carry on the 4-year university campuses, but not on the Blinn campus.

 

Information related to campus carry at Blinn College is available at www.blinn.edu/campus-carry. Texas A&M’s campus carry policies and procedures are available at www.tamu.edu/statements/campus-carry.html.

 

Sincerely,

Mel Waxler, Executive Vice President/General Counsel
Craig Wiesepape, Blinn College Chief of Police

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Campus Carry mean?


Senate Bill 11, also known as the “Campus Carry” law, allows concealed handgun license holders to carry concealed handguns on the campus of Texas higher education institutions. The effective date for Texas four-year universities is August 1, 2016. For community colleges such as Blinn College, the effective date is August 1, 2017. Full text of Senate Bill 11.


Where at Blinn College is a concealed handgun license holder not allowed to carry a firearm?


Blinn policy prohibits concealed carry on the second floor of the Health Science Center Campus due to the presence of hands-on labs that require physical contact, as well as MRI and x-ray machines that pose a safety risk with the presence of firearms.

The policy also bans concealed carry at UIL-sponsored events and sporting events, where firearms are already banned by Texas Penal Code Subsection 46.035(b)(2).

Concealed carry will be banned during any grievance process, appeal proceeding involving a disinterested third-party committee gathering testimony from the involved parties, or the formal hearing portion of the total process, as detailed in Board policy and administrative regulations.


What should I do if I see an individual carrying a handgun on campus?


The safest course of action is to call 911 so police can make contact with the individual.


Once the Campus Carry law goes into effect at Blinn College, how will I know where I can and cannot carry my licensed concealed handgun?


Signage in accordance with Texas Penal Code 30.06 will be posted clearly identifying locations where concealed carry is prohibited. All such signage is posted by the Blinn College Police Department.


How do Blinn’s Campus Carry policies and procedures differ from those at Texas A&M University?


Whenever possible, Blinn’s policies match the policies established at Texas A&M University to prevent confusion for the significant number of students who co-enroll at both institutions. To review Texas A&M’s Campus Carry policies and procedures, visit: www.tamu.edu/statements/campus-carry.html.


What is the “Open Carry” law and will it allow license holders to openly carry a handgun on campus?


House Bill 910, also known as the “Open Carry” law, permits handgun license holders to openly carry a handgun with no duty to conceal it in areas where it is not prohibited by law. This law became effective on January 1, 2016. Full text of House Bill 910.


Will the “Open Carry” law allow license holders to openly carry a handgun on campus?

No. House Bill 910 states that a handgun license holder cannot carry a partially or wholly visible handgun, regardless of whether it is holstered, and intentionally or knowingly display the handgun in plain view of another person on the premises (building) of a college or university, or any driveway, street, or parking area of a college or university. Full text of House Bill 910.

 

Can faculty discuss campus carry in the classroom?


Yes. Any discussion, though, should align with the course syllabus and objectives, and the faculty member should not convey to students the faculty member’s position in favor or opposition, or evaluate a student’s position in favor or opposition.


Can faculty include language in their course syllabus regarding campus carry?


To ensure uniformity and compliance with state law, faculty who choose to address campus carry in their course syllabus should use the following statement:

 

According to Texas Penal Code, Section 46.03, individuals are prohibited from intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly, possessing or going with a firearm on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or in a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution. Concealed weapons permit holders on property owned or controlled by a community college are subject to this prohibition until August 1, 2017. “Premises” means a building or a portion of a building. The term does not include any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk, or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area.


How can I suggest a question I would like to see included in this FAQ?


To suggest a question or content for this page, please email campuscarry@blinn.edu.

 


Links

CHF (Local) - Board Approved 4-18-17 - Effective 8-1-17

Campus Carry Task Force Final Report

Texas License to Carry Laws and Training

Crime Prevention Awareness

Waco Tribune Editorial

Campus Carry Task Force Q&A

College and University Comparison Presentation

Where Can I Take My Gun?

Open Carry Overview

TAMUS Campus Carry Rules

Texas A&M's Campus Carry Final Report

Texas License to Carry a Handgun Law

McLennan CC seeks input on campus carry

For two-year colleges, campus carry raises special risks

Texas A&M community reacts to new campus carry law in effect

Fall Faculty Convocation Presentation
With Texas now a campus carry state, here’s what you need to know

Dallas Morning News Campus Carry Tracker

Judge: Academic freedom doesn’t bar campus carry

For two-year colleges, campus carry raises special risks

What you need to know about campus carry at Texas A&M

Texas AG opinion sought regarding campus carry at junior and community colleges

Texas A&M approves campus carry rules  
Notice to Housing Students          


Blinn College Timeline

Activity

Timeline

Survey to identify interested Task Force participants By July 20, 2016
Task Force formed to gather input from campus constituencies By August 2016
Distribute notifications and post signage regarding campus carry on Blinn campuses By August 22, 2016
Informational Presentation at Fall Faculty Convocation August 23, 2016
Input gathering via focus groups, surveys, and town hall meetings September to December 2016
Task force provides input to District President/CEO regarding reasonable rules. By February 2017
District President/CEO establishes reasonable rules By March 2017
Rules submitted to Board of Trustees for review and approval By May 2017
Rules go into effect By August 1, 2017

Campus Carry Task Force

Name

Role

Division

Department

“Campus”

Keegan Simzer

Student

 

 

BY

Chelsea Reimer

Student

 

 

BN

Stuart Mica

Student

 

 

SB

Travis Bush

Student

 

 

SY

Tasha Burleson

Faculty

VPAK

VPAK

BY

Beverly Clement

Faculty

ANS

Natural Sciences

BY

James (Mike) Davis

Faculty

MBET

Business

BY

C.L. Domel

Faculty

AH

Health Sciences

HSC

Nathan Giesenschlag

Faculty

SS

Social Sciences

BY

Clinton Hale

Faculty

HUM

Humanities

BN

Kathryn Kelly

Faculty

VPAK

VPAK

BY

Amanda Kieffer

Faculty

AH

Health Sciences

PO

Kelly C. Kissane

Faculty

ANS

Natural Sciences

BN

Holton (David) Lewis

Faculty

HUM

Humanities

BN

Sandy Medina

Faculty

AH

Health Sciences

HSC

Vandana Sarin

Faculty

ANS

Natural Sciences

BY

Keith Sylvester

Faculty

VPAK

VPAK

BY

Charles (Pat) Tomlin

Faculty

MBET

Business

BY

Larry VanMeter

Faculty

HUM

Humanities

BY

Don Whatley

Faculty

SS

Social Science

BN

Darren Wilkinson

Faculty

MBET

Math

BY

Todd Quinlan

Division Leadership Council

 

 

BN

Leslie Janac

Faculty Senate

 

 

BY

John Beaver

Staff/Admin

AA

Academic Affairs

BY

Mike Burke

Staff

StudSvcs

Financial Aid

TC

Lisa Caton

Staff/Admin

EVP

Sealy Campus

SY

Becky Garlick

Staff/Admin

EVP

Schulenburg Campus

SB

Frank Jaramillo

Staff/Admin

ANS

Natural Sciences

BY

Elizabeth Johnson Lundy

Staff

StudSvcs

Disability Services

BY

Joyce Langenegger

Faculty/Staff

SS/AA

Social Sciences & Professional Development

BY

Robert Lovelidge

Staff

StudSvcs

Staff Council/Student Services/Advising & Counseling Services

BN

James Reed

Staff/Admin

StudSvcs

Student Housing

BN

Ross Schroeder

Staff/Admin

AdminSvcs

Purchasing / Transportation

BN

Cynthie Thomas

Staff

AdminSvcs

Business Office

TC


Campus Carry Meeting Agenda & Minutes


Brenham Campus Student Forum -- October 27, 2016




Faculty Update -- January 12, 2017




Bryan Campus Student Forum -- February 2, 2017