University Weapons Policy
Revised July 1, 2016
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Kansas State University prohibits the possession or use of firearms, explosives, or other weapons on any University campus, as provided in the Kansas Board of Regents policy.
Kansas Board of Regents Policy on Weapons Possession
a. To the extent allowed by law and except as otherwise provided herein, the campus of each state university shall be weapons-free. Each entrance to each building and facility on each campus shall be posted in accordance with K.S.A. 2007 Supp. 75-7c10, 75-7c11, K.A.R. 16-11-7, K.S.A. 21-4218 and K.A.R. 1-49-11, and amendments thereto. Additional signs may be posted as appropriate. Notice of this policy shall also be given in each state university's student code of conduct, housing contracts and employee policies.
b. Nothing in this section shall be read to prohibit possession of weapons on campus (1) as necessary for the conduct of Board approved academic programs or university approved activities or practices, or (2) by university police or security officers while acting within the scope of their employment. Each university shall develop and follow procedures for the safe possession, use and storage of such weapons and shall notify the Board in writing of any activities or practices involving weapons that are approved by the university under paragraph (1) of this subsection b.
- c. For the purpose of this policy, "weapons" means:
1. Any object or device which will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel bullet, shot or shell by the action of an explosive or other propellant;
2. any handgun, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun or other firearm of any nature, including concealed weapons licensed pursuant to the Personal and Family Protection Act, and amendments thereto;
3. any BB gun, pellet gun, air/C'O2 gun, stun gun or blow gun;
4. any explosive, incendiary or poison gas (A) bomb, (B) mine, (C) grenade, (D) rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, or (E) missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than ¼ ounce;
5. any incendiary or explosive material, liquid, solid or mixture equipped with a fuse, wick or other detonating device;
6. any tear gas bomb or smoke bomb; however, personal self-defense items containing mace or pepper spray shall not be deemed to be a weapon for the purposes of this policy;
7. any knife, commonly referred to as a switch-blade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward or centrifugal thrust or movement;
8. any straight-blade knife of four inches or more such as a dagger, dirk, dangerous knife or stiletto; except that an ordinary pocket knife or culinary knife designed for and used solely in the preparation or service of food shall not be construed to be a weapon for the purposes of this policy;
9. any martial arts weapon such as nunchucks or throwing stars; or
10. any longbow, crossbow and arrows or other projectile that could cause serious harm to any person.
KSU also prohibits weapons at all off-campus University sponsored or supervised activities, except that, as required by law, KSU does not prohibit employees, who are legally qualified, from carrying a concealed handgun while engaged in the duties of their employment outside of KSU's place of business, including while in a means of conveyance.
Persons with knowledge or information of conduct which may constitute a violation of this policy are urged to contact the KSU Police Department. Housing residents wishing to have a weapon must store that weapon off campus.
Questions regarding this policy are to be directed to the KSU Police Department at (785) 532-6412.