The University Record, March 19, 2001

Proposed Regents Ordinance Change

From Robert A. Kasdin, executive vice president and chief financial officer:

In January 2001, the Campus Safety and Security Advisory Committee (CSSAC) passed and forwarded to Provost Cantor and me a resolution recommending that the University be weapons-free except in special circumstances approved by the Department of Public Safety.

Based on this resolution, and on a desire to minimize violence on our campus to the greatest extent possible, I have reviewed our current policies on weapons. These policies include the Code of Student Conduct (applicable to students) and the Standard Practice Guide (applicable to employees), both of which prohibit weapons except in special circumstances. I am now recommending that An Ordinance to Regulate Parking and Traffic, and to Regulate the Use and Protection of the Buildings and Property of the Regents of the University of Michigan (“Regents Ordinance”) be amended as to this issue.

With some limited exceptions, the revised Regents Ordinance would restrict weapons anywhere on University property regardless of who possesses them, ensuring a safe educational environment. The amended Regents Ordinance is similar to regulations already in effect at other state universities and has received the full support of the director of the Department of Public Safety, the administration of University Hospitals and Health Centers, and the chancellors of the Flint and Dearborn campuses.

As was the case the last time the Regents Ordinance was amended in December 1994, CSSAC is seeking input from members of the University community regarding the proposed ordinance amendments. Comments must be submitted in writing, either via e-mail to public.comments@umich.edu. fax to (734) 763-8011; or letter to CSSAC, 2014 Fleming Administration Building 1340.

Deadline for receipt of comments is March 30. If you have any questions, please call (734) 763-5553.


ARTICLE I: GEORGRAPHIC SCOPE

Section 1. Geographic Scope of Ordinance. Except as otherwise provided below, tThis Ordinance shall apply solely to the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan which, for the purposes of this Ordinance, is deemed to include all Ann Arbor campus property owned or leased by the Regents of The University of Michigan.

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ARTICLE X: WEAPONS

Section 1. Scope of Article X. Article X applies to all property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan and applies regardless of whether the individual has a concealed weapons permit or is otherwise authorized by law to possess, discharge or use any device referenced below.

Section 21. Possession of Firearms, Dangerous Weapons and Knives. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4, nNo person shall, while on any property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan: (1) possess any firearm or any other dangerous weapon as defined in or interpreted under Michigan law or (2) University property, may possess firearms, except as permitted by State law. No person, while on University property, shall wear on his or her person or carry in his or her person or carry in his clothing any knife, sword or machete having a blade longer than four (4) inches, or, in the case of a knife with a mechanism to lock the blade in place when open, longer than three (3) inches., except as follows:

(1)During the time when the person is engaged in work requiring such a device.

(1)When the device is securely packaged for purposes of purchase or sale.

When the device is worn as part of a military or fraternal uniform in connection with a public ceremony, parade or theatrical performance.

Section 32. Discharge or Use of Firearms, Dangerous Weapons and Knives.of a Weapon. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4, nNo person shall discharge or otherwise use any device listed in the preceding Section on any property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan.any weapon within the boundaries of University property, except in connection with a regularly schedule educational, recreational, or training program under adequate supervision, or in connection with the performance of lawful duties of law enforcement, or for the protection of a person or property when confronted with deadly force.

Section 43 Exceptions.

(1) Except to the extent regulated under Subparagraph (2), the prohibitions in this Article do not apply:

(a) to employees who are authorized to possess and/or use such a device pursuant to Standard Practice Guide 201.94;

(b) to non-University law enforcement officers of legally established law enforcement agencies who are authorized by their employer to possess or use such a device during the time the employee is engaged in work requiring such a device;

(c) when someone possesses or uses such a device as part of a military or similar uniform or costume in connection with a public ceremony or parade or theatrical performance;

(d) when someone possesses or uses such a device in connection with a regularly scheduled educational, recreational or training program authorized by the University;

(e) when someone possesses or uses such a device for recreational hunting on property which has been designated for such activity by the University provided such possession and use is in strict compliance with applicable law; or

(f) when the Director of the University’s Department of Public Safety has waived the prohibition based on extraordinary circumstances. Any such waiver must be in writing and must define its scope and duration.

(2) The Director of the Department of Public Safety may impose restrictions upon individuals who are otherwise authorized to possess or use such a device pursuant to Subsection (1) when the Director determines that such restrictions are appropriate under the circumstances.

Section 5. Violation Penalty. A person who violates this Article X is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, punishable by imprisonment for not less than ten (10) days and no more than sixty (60) days, or by fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50) or both.


Amended Ordinance

ARTICLE I: GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE

Section 1. Geographic Scope of Ordinance. Except as otherwise provided below, this Ordinance shall apply solely to the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan which, for the purposes of this Ordinance, is deemed to include all Ann Arbor campus property owned or leased by the Regents of The University of Michigan.

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ARTICLE X: WEAPONS

Section 1. Scope of Article X. Article X applies to all property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan and applies regardless of whether the individual has a concealed weapons permit or is otherwise authorized by law to possess, discharge or use any device referenced below.

Section 2. Possession of Firearms, Dangerous Weapons and Knives. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4, no person shall, while on any property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan: (1) possess any firearm or any other dangerous weapon as defined in or interpreted under Michigan law or (2) wear on his or her person or carry in his or her clothing any knife, sword or machete having a blade longer than four (4) inches, or, in the case of a knife with a mechanism to lock the blade in place when open, longer than three (3) inches.

Section 3. Discharge or Use of Firearms, Dangerous Weapons and Knives. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4, no person shall discharge or otherwise use any device listed in the preceding Section on any property owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the Regents of the University of Michigan.

Section 4. Exceptions.

(1) Except to the extent regulated under Subparagraph (2), the prohibitions in this Article X do not apply:

(a) to employees who are authorized to possess and/or use such a device pursuant to Standard Practice Guide 201.94;

(b) to non-University law enforcement officers of legally established law enforcement agencies who are authorized by their employer to possess or use such a device during the time the employee is engaged in work requiring such a device;

(c) when someone possesses or uses such a device as part of a military or similar uniform or costume in connection with a public ceremony or parade or theatrical performance;

(d) when someone possesses or uses such a device in connection with a regularly scheduled educational, recreational or training program authorized by the University;

(e) when someone possesses or uses such a device for recreational hunting on property which has been designated for such activity by the University provided such possession and use is in strict compliance with applicable law; or

(f) when the Director of the University’s Department of Public Safety has waived the prohibition based on extraordinary circumstances. Any such waiver must be in writing and must define its scope and duration.

(2) The Director of the Department of Public Safety may impose restrictions upon individuals who are otherwise authorized to possess or use such a device pursuant to Subsection (1) when the Director determines that such restrictions are appropriate under the circumstances.

Section 5. Violation Penalty. A person who violates this Article X is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, punishable by imprisonment for not less than ten (10) days and no more than sixty (60) days, or by fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50) or both.