Prohibition of Weapons
Note: Effective August 1, 2017 Texas Senate Bill 11 "Campus Carry" permits license holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, except in restricted areas designated by the college and as prohibited by Federal and State law. Please refer to the South Texas College Policy Manual for an updated policy on Concealed Carry and Weapons on Campus.
Per Board policy 6325 Prohibition of Weapons which is effective until July 31, 2017:
Texas Penal Code §46.03(a) states, “A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, illegal knife, club, or prohibited weapon listed in Section 46.05(a): (1) on the physical premises of a school or educational institution, any grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a school or educational institution is being conducted, or a passenger transportation vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school or educational institution is public or private, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the institution”.
Texas Penal Code §46.03 (f) states, “It is not a defense to prosecution under this section that the actor possessed a handgun and was licensed to carry a concealed handgun under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code.”
Pursuant to Texas Penal Code §46.03(a), South Texas College permits the following two exceptions to the prohibitions of Texas Penal Code §46.03:
Firearms which are:
- in the lawful possession of faculty, staff, and students participating in law enforcement training programs at shooting practice facilities that are not located on college property;
- being used for educational or training purposes as part of a credit or continuing education law enforcement program or course of study offered by the College; and
- of the caliber commonly used in the educational or training activity.
Batons and Tasers that are:
- in the lawful possession of faculty, staff, and students participating in law enforcement training programs; and
- being used for educational or training purposes as part of a credit or continuing education law enforcement program or course of study offered by the College.
Faculty, staff, and students participating in law enforcement training programs must obtain, and carry in their possession, advance written authorization from the Director of Security and the College President.
South Texas College prohibits a person from intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possessing a firearm, illegal knife, club, firearm ammunition, or prohibited weapon listed in Section 46.05(a) of the Texas Penal Code, on the premises (as defined by law) or physical grounds of any campus or other property owned, leased, or controlled by the College, unless otherwise permitted by law.
The Director of Security is hereby authorized and directed to post appropriate notices on all College premises to notify all persons of this policy. The President of South Texas College is authorized to adopt guidelines reasonably necessary for the implementation of this policy.