DMC Reminds Campus and General Community to Participate in Campus Carry Survey
Article by: Melinda Eddleman
In 2015 the Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 11, which requires that all public community colleges allow concealed handguns to be carried on college property by licensed individuals. That state law takes effect Aug. 1 and requires that Del Mar allow concealed handguns to be carried on campus and in campus facilities, except in limited, designated areas.
The College reminds both the campus community––students, faculty and staff––and the general public to provide input to a survey for recommended limited, designated areas.
The survey opened Feb. 1, and the College continues to collect feedback. Individuals interested in providing their recommendations can access the survey at delmar.edu/campuscarry/.
The survey closes Feb. 28.
Developed by the College’s Campus Carry Policy Development Committee, the survey allows participants to provide input regarding nine recommended locations where concealed handguns will not be allowed. Legislative directives prohibit a campus-wide ban on concealed carry.
The committee has reviewed legal requirements and provided policy recommendations. Made up of faculty, staff and students, the committee is co-chaired by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Beth Lewis and Executive Director of Human Resources and Administration Tammy McDonald with guidance provided by College Counsel Augustin Rivera, Jr.
Open carry of weapons, carrying a weapon easily visible, remains a violation of state law and Del Mar College policy.
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