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Weapons (Policy)

Office of Origin: Facilities Management
Responsibility: Executive Director, Facilities Management
Date Adopted: 03-24-98
Date Reviewed: 06-20-18, 08-09-18, 8-11-22, 2-10-23, 06-21-23
Last Date Modified & Approved: 009-12-18, 10-12-22 (c), 12-05-23

Possession of weapons, as further defined below, is not permitted on property owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the College, even if you have a concealed weapons permit.

Weapons are restricted to an environment in which students, employees, and guests of the College can feel safe while attending classes, working, and visiting. While these restrictions offer no guarantee of protection restrictions reduce the risk of injury.


  1. Law enforcement officers of legally established law enforcement agencies.
  2. Employees authorized by the College to possess or use such devices while engaged in work activities requiring such a device.
  3. When College authorization is given to someone in connection with a regularly scheduled educational, recreational, or training program in which such devices would be required.
  4. The possession of knives on college property when used solely for preparation of food, instruction, or maintenance.

Any student or employee in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to, and including expulsion and/or termination as may be applicable depending on the circumstances. Any guest in violation of this policy shall be subject to ejection as a trespasser.  

Weapons are defined as any instrument, implement, or other object which is capable, designed, intended, or used to inflict bodily injury, or leads a reasonable person to believe it is intended to be used to inflict bodily injury.  This shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Any gun, rifle, firearm, BB gun, pellet gun, 3-D printed weapon, or other device (including starter gun), whether operable or inoperable, which is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by any means.
  • Any bomb, grenade, rocket, or other destructive device which includes explosives, incendiaries, or poison gas.
  • Any knife with a blade longer than three inches, razor, or other cutting instrument, except as approved for the College’s culinary program and food service operations.
  • Any striking instrument, to include clubs, iron bar, brass knuckles, blackjack, or bludgeon (excluding Athletic Department equipment when used for school sanctioned activities — i.e., baseball bats).
  • Any Martial Arts weapons, to include nunchakus, tonfas, staffs, and throwing stars.
  • Any bow and arrow combination.
  • Fireworks
  • Any portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave, or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave, or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure, or kill.

Firearm: a weapon from which a dangerous projectile may be propelled by an explosive, or by gas or air.

Minor: any individual of less than 18 years of age.

Pistol: a firearm, loaded, or unloaded, 26 inches or less in length, or any firearm, loaded or unloaded, that by its construction and appearance conceals it as a firearm.

A self-defense spray or foam device are not considered weapons subject to this policy,

If they meet all the following:

(a) The device is capable of carrying, and ejects, releases, or emits 1 of the following:

(i) Not more than 35 grams of any combination of orthochlorobenzalmalononitrile and inert ingredients;

(ii) A solution containing not more than 10% oleoresin capsicum;

(b) The device does not eject, release, or emit any gas or substance that will temporarily or permanently disable, incapacitate, injure, or harm a person with whom the gas or substance comes in contact, other than the substance described in (a).

This policy is not intended to exclude students or staff from defending themselves, using items fashioned into weapons, from a violent armed attack (i.e. “active shooter”) when appropriate, and as an option of last resort.

References: MCL 28.425 Firearms

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