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8VAC115-20-20. Possession of weapons prohibited; exceptions.

A. Possession, storing, or carrying of any weapon by any person is prohibited on university property, whether in any university building or while attending an athletic, academic, social, recreational, or educational event, or on vessels or in vehicles that are university property. This prohibition also applies to all events or activities on university property where people congregate in any public or outdoor areas.

B. This prohibition does not apply to:

1. A police officer on university property in an official capacity pursuant to a university request, mutual aid agreement, or on active duty and within the officer's jurisdiction.

2. A university employee possessing, storing, or carrying a weapon (i) as authorized or required by the terms of university employment; or (ii) as permitted by the Chief of the William & Mary Police Department or the chief's designee for good cause shown, which may contain conditions to maintain the safety of the university community. The chief's authority to grant such permission extends to persons who are neither students nor employees.

3. A student as authorized by the Dean of Students or the dean's designee for good cause shown. Requests for such authorization shall be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may contain conditions to maintain the safety of the university community.

C. Entry upon university property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden. Persons violating this prohibition will be asked to remove the weapon immediately from university property. Failure to comply with this request may result in arrest for trespass. Members of the university community are also subject to disciplinary action.

Statutory Authority

23.1-1301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 9, eff. January 3, 2012; amended Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 22, eff. June 7, 2018.


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