Policy: Regulation of Weapons, Fireworks and Explosives
|Date: 12/12/11||Policy ID: SEC-030||Status: Final|
|Contact Office:||Police Department (University)|
|Oversight Executive:||Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer|
|Applies To:||Academic Division and the Medical Center.|
|Table of Contents:||Policy Statement|
|Reason for Policy:||
The University promotes a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors by the reasonable regulation of weapons, fireworks, and explosives.
|Definition of Terms in Statement:||
Firework: Any combination of explosives and combustibles set off to generate colored lights, smoke, or noise.
Law Enforcement Officer: Any sworn law-enforcement officer who has the duty and obligation to enforce the penal or traffic laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, or any portion thereof, as certified by his appointing authority and including, but not limited to, any person appointed pursuant to §§ 4.1-100, 9.1-101, 15.2-1609, 15.2-1700, 23-232, 29.1-200, 30-34.2:1, 52-1, 53.1-1, 53.1-143, and 66-25.3 of the Code of Virginia; any attorney for the Commonwealth as provided in § 18.2-308 B 9 of the Code of Virginia; any conservator of the peace exempt from § 18.2-308 A of the Code of Virginia pursuant to § 18.2-308 C 4 of the Code of Virginia; and any sworn federal law-enforcement officer or agent and any law-enforcement agent of the armed forces of the United States who is authorized to carry a weapon by federal law and who is within his territorial jurisdiction or who is contracted with the university to provide services within the university's territorial jurisdiction and who is on duty or providing services to the university.
University Property: Any land, buildings, or vehicles that the university owns or leases or that is under its control. University property also includes premises the University uses for activities of its offices, departments, personnel or students.
Weapon: Any (i) firearm including any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air-pistol, paintball gun, or other instrument designed or intended to propel a bullet, cartridge, or other missile of any kind including a bow or cross-bow; (ii) dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, butterfly knife, sword, machete, or other bladed weapon with a blade longer than four inches in length; (iii) razor slingshot, spring stick, metal or lexan knucks, or blackjack; (iv) flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; or (v) disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades that is designed to be thrown or propelled and that may be known as throwing star or oriental dart.
The safety of the university community is promoted by the reasonable regulation of weapons, fireworks, and explosives.
Regulation of Weapons, Fireworks, and Explosives [Link to University Regulation published in the Virginia Administrative Code 8 VAC 85-20]
|Major Category:||Safety, Security and Environmental Quality|
|Category Cross Reference:|
|Next Scheduled Review:||12/12/14|
|Approved By, Date:||Policy Review Committee, 04/14/09|
|Revision History:||Updated 12/13/11. Previous version in effect from 4/12/2009 through 12/12/2011.|
|Supersedes (previous policy):||Security & Firearms Policy, XV.J.1|