The University Record, May 7, 2001

Campus policies on weapons updated

By Julie Peterson
Office of the Vice President for Communications

New provisions in the University’s Standard Practice Guide (SPG) and amendments to the Regents’ Ordinance have been approved that restrict guns and other dangerous weapons on campus.

The new SPG (201.94), which went into effect March 12, prohibits U-M employees from possessing or discharging a firearm on University property or elsewhere in the course of their employment with the University, regardless of whether the employee has a permit. The SPG also prohibits possession of explosives, certain knives and other dangerous weapons, including chemical substances intended to cause injury to another.

The only exceptions in the SPG are for employees whose job requires them to carry a weapon, such as campus police officers; those wearing a weapon as part of a military uniform in connection with a public ceremony, parade or theatrical performance; or those granted an exception by the director of public safety under extraordinary circumstances.

At its April meeting, the Board of Regents approved an amended Regents’ Ordinance prohibiting possession of weapons on all U-M property. The ordinance applies not only to faculty, staff and students, but also to visitors to campus who are not otherwise affiliated with the University. Exceptions under the ordinance are similar to those provided in the SPG.

The weapons-related provisions in the SPG and Regents’ Ordinance apply to all property owned and controlled by the University, including the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. The Standard Practice Guide can be found online at www.umich.edu/~spgonlin/. The Regents’ Ordinance amendment was published in the March 19 Record and can be found at www.umich.edu/~urecord/0001/Mar19_01/14.htm.

Questions and answers about the University’s policies on concealed weapons can be found on the Web at www.umich.edu/~hraa/erc/news.html.