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Firearms & Weapons

The following is Bemidji State University's policy regarding firearms and dangerous weapons on campus. This policy was developed for the safety of the campus community. The provisions of this policy relating to the possession and carrying of firearms and dangerous weapons refer exclusively to the property owned, leased, or occupied by Bemidji State University. All Bemidji State University students and employees, as defined below, will be held responsible for any violation of this policy. This policy is not inconsistent with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board Policy 5.21 "Possession or Carry of Firearms".

Bemidji State University Policy - Firearms and Dangerous Weapons

This document has been created for the purpose of defining the policy for the possession and/or carry of firearms and dangerous weapons on the Bemidji State University campus. This policy is consistent with MnSCU Board Policy 5.21, "Possession Or Carry Of Firearms".

Definitions:

Bemidji State University Property - "Bemidji State University Property" means all property (fixed or moveable) owned, leased, or operated by Bemidji State University. This includes all facilities, vehicles, and water craft located on the main campus, as well as all off campus sites controlled by Bemidji State University, and University vehicles in transit.

System Property - "System property" means the facilities and land owned, leased, or under the primary control of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, it's Board of Trustees, Office of the Chancellor, colleges, and universities.

Student - "Student" means an individual taking one or more courses or classes, credit or noncredit, at a System college or university.

Employee - "Employee" means any individual employed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, its colleges and universities and the Office of the Chancellor, including student employees.

Visitor - "Visitor" means any person who is on System property, but does not include (1) an employee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities acting in the course and scope of their employment; or (2) a student, when that student is on college or university property.

Firearm - "Firearm" means a gun, whether loaded or unloaded, that discharges shot or a projectile by means of an explosive, a gas or compressed air.

Pistol - "Pistol" means a weapon as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 624.712, subd. 2.

Dangerous Weapon - "Dangerous Weapon" means any firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, or any device designed as a weapon and capable of producing death or great bodily harm, any combustible or flammable liquid or other device or instrumentality that, in the manner it is used or intended to be used, is calculated or likely to produce death or great bodily harm, or any fire that is used to produce death or great bodily harm.

Restrictions:

All students and employees are prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm, pistol, or dangerous weapon on property owned, leased or operated by Bemidji State University. Employees are further prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm, pistol, or dangerous weapon while acting in the course and scope of their employment, either on or off Bemidji State University property, regardless of whether the employee has a permit to carry a firearm. Additionally, students are prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm, pistol, or dangerous weapon while representing or participating in any activity sanctioned or recognized by Bemidji State University, either on or off campus.

Exceptions:

Parking Facilities - Campus parking facilities are exempt from this policy, but Federal, State, and Local Ordinances regarding the possession and/or carry of a firearm, pistol, or dangerous weapon are applicable.

Licensed Peace Officers - Persons who are licensed peace officers under Minnesota Statutes section 626.84, subd.1(c), and are acting in the official performance of their assigned duties.

Weapons Storage - Bemidji State University has established a weapons storage area located in lower Walnut Hall. The storage area is the only physical campus space where firearms may be stored. All firearms stored in this area must be unloaded and completely enclosed in a case. The storage area is regulated by the Department of Public Safety. Storage lockers are assigned upon request and completion of the "Weapons Storage Agreement." Firearms that are unloaded and completely enclosed in a case may be transported directly to and from the weapons storage area to any campus parking facility.

Academic Use - Lawful possession or carry of a firearm or pistol related to an academic use approved in writing by the President of Bemidji State University.

Lawful Possession or Carry - Possession or carry of a pistol by a visitor who has a lawful permit to carry a pistol pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 624.714, subd 1a.

Policy Violations:

Violations of this policy should immediately be reported to the Department of Public Safety. For the safety of the campus community, all faculty, staff and students at Bemidji State University have a responsibility to report any violation they become aware of.

Student Violations - Students that violate this policy will be referred to the University Conduct Officer. Depending on the nature of the violation, sanctions may be imposed by the University Conduct Officer which include, but are not limited to, suspension and expulsion.

Employee Violations - Employees who violate this policy will be processed through appropriate disciplinary channels, which ultimately may result in termination.

Visitor Violations - Visitors that violate this policy will be asked to leave the campus, and in some instances, permanently restricted from campus. Visitors permanently restricted from campus that violate this restriction may be prosecuted for trespass under Minnesot a State Statute 609.605.

All violations of this policy which are also violations of law will be referred to law enforcement officials. This policy and violations of law are two separate processes and may be initiated simultaneously and have individual sanctions and consequences.