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CAMPUS CARRY

7-14-2016

ToBlinn Faculty, Staff, and Students

From:Dr. Mary Hensley, District President/CEO

Mel Waxler, Executive Vice President/General Counsel

Craig Wiesepape, Blinn College Chief of Police

Subject:Texas’ Concealed Carry Law (Senate Bill 11)

Dear Members of the Blinn College Community,

 

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, it does not go into effect for community colleges until August 1, 2017.  At that time, individuals holding a concealed handgun license (CHL) will have the legal right to carry a concealed handgun onto community college campuses; 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.)

 

The concealed carry law requires the president of each institution, after consulting with students, staff, and faculty, to establish reasonable rules and regulations regarding concealed handguns. Based on such input, the president is to recommend to the college’s Board of Trustees specific areas of their campus that are to be “gun-free zones” that would fit the uniqueness of each college and the people it serves. 

 

Beginning in August 2016, Blinn will convene a task force to gather input from students, staff, and faculty on the reasonable rules that would work for the college. Although Blinn is more than a year away from responding to the requirements of SB 11, a preliminary timeline delineates the development of guidelines and rules.

 

In addition to this website, please be aware of other official College communications, such as Twitter, Facebook, emails, etc., that will provide important information on rules and procedures.

 

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. Notifications will be provided to students and signs will be posted to help ensure that they are sufficiently informed of these rules.

 

As we work toward compliance with Senate Bill 11 and the best plan for Blinn College, you will have the opportunity to provide input to the Blinn College Campus Carry Task Force once it begins its work this fall. While community colleges must follow the state law, it is important to collaborate on this topic to ensure that Blinn College remains a safe place to work and learn. Your safety is our highest priority.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Mary Hensley, District President/CEO   
Mel Waxler, Executive Vice President/General Counsel
Craig Wiesepape, Blinn College Chief of Police


During the 84th Texas Legislature, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 11 (also known as “Campus Carry”), which allows concealed handgun license holders to carry concealed handguns on the campus of Texas higher education institutions.

For community colleges such as Blinn College, the effective date is August 1, 2017. The effective date for Texas four-year universities is August 1, 2016. The full text of Texas Senate Bill 11 is available here.

Per the law, Texas colleges are allowed to fashion rules regarding campus carry to fit the specific safety considerations and uniqueness of the campus environment. In considering such an important change, Blinn College will seek input from its key stakeholders, including faculty, staff and students, to identify an implementation plan that follows state work while ensuring the safety of everyone Blinn serves on its campuses.


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

 

 

Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2016
www.texasattorneygeneral.gov

PRESS OFFICE: (512) 463-2050
Kayleigh Lovvorn:Kayleigh.Lovvorn@texasattorneygeneral.gov


 

 

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.

Are guns currently allowed on Blinn College campuses?

Until the Campus Carry law goes into effect for the Fall 2017 semester, firearms are not permitted to be carried in any Blinn College building regardless of whether they are carried openly or concealed or if the individual has a concealed handgun license.
Blinn College cannot legally restrict licensed holders from carrying a concealed firearm in public spaces such as streets, driveways, sidewalks or parking lots.

What is Blinn College doing to prepare for implementation of the Campus Carry law?

A task force has been formed to gather input from campus constituencies, including faculty, staff, and students. Using this information, the task force will provide input to Dr. Mary Hensley, Blinn College District President/CEO, regarding reasonable rules for restricted zones on campus. Dr. Hensley will then establish the rules and see that they are reviewed by General Counsel. The rules will then go before the Blinn College Board of Trustees for review and possible amendment and will go into effect by August 1, 2017. For an implementation timeline, please see Timeline.

How can I participate in the Campus Carry Task Force?

A survey to identify volunteers for the Campus Carry Task Force was distributed in July 2016. To share information or suggestions with Task Force members, see the Task Force list below.

Where at Blinn College will I be allowed to carry a handgun?

The Blinn College Board of Trustees is expected to adopt a policy regarding campus carry around May 2017 (see Timeline). The Blinn College Campus Carry Task Force will develop an implementation plan, which will include feedback from faculty, staff, and students. Once adopted, Blinn’s campus carry policies will be distributed to faculty, staff, students, and the community, and will be posted on the Blinn College website. Per state law, Blinn will submit a report to the legislature describing the College’s rules, regulations, and other provisions regarding concealed carry.

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?

In accordance with the law, gun-free areas will be conspicuously marked with signs. Information on these areas and Blinn College procedures will be available at the Blinn College website and the Blinn College policies website.

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

While Senate Bill 11 calls for four-year universities such as Texas A&M to have Campus Carry policies and procedures in place by August 1, 2016, the effective date for community colleges such as Blinn is August 1, 2017. Until the Campus Carry law goes into effect at Blinn for the Fall 2017 semester, firearms are not permitted to be carried on any Blinn College campus regardless of whether they are carried openly or concealed or if the individual has a concealed handgun license. Concealed Handgun License holders may store or transport a firearm or ammunition in a locked, private motor vehicle located on a street, driveway, parking lot, or other parking area on campus. To review Texas A&M’s Campus Carry policies and procedures, visit: www.tamu.edu/statements/campus-carry.html.

Can faculty personally establish rules disallowing individuals from carrying handguns into their offices, classrooms or laboratories?

No. Using input from the representative task force, the District President/CEO will establish district-wide guidelines regarding Blinn College’s campus carry policies and procedures.

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           


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