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VII.Community Standards and Policies: Q. Guns on Campus Policy

(effective April 17, 2017)

No person shall possess, carry, store or use a firearm, deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance, as defined in the Ohio Revised Code, in or on university premises, defined as university owned, rented and/or sponsored property, except as allowable under Ohio Law. Only property licensed persons who own valid handguns may have those handguns on university premises and then only in their locked motor vehicles; under no circumstances may licensed handguns be removed from locked motor vehicles while on university premises. This policy applies to all persons coming onto the university premises including faculty, staff, students, visitors, vendors, and contractors, except where specifically permitted. This policy does not apply to law enforcement officers coming on to the university premises while engaged in the performance of their official duties or while required to possess a firearm by rules of the officer’s employing agency.

Denison University Office of Campus Safety is solely responsible for the oversight and implementation of this policy. All requests for deviation or exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee.

Persons found to be in violation of this policy are subject to immediate action under University rules applicable to that individual. Such responsive action may include, but is not limited to, student conduct action and/or employee disciplinary action up to and including removal, expulsion, dismissal or termination. Persons found to be in violation of this policy may also be subject to criminal prosecution or no-trespassing directive.