Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Faculty Council affirms official DCCCD policy prohibiting firearms on campuses



The recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon again has brought to our attention the issue of firearms on campuses.

The District Faculty Council affirms and endorses the official Dallas County Community College District policy regarding firearms on campus, as articulated in the Board of Trustees policy manual, under "Student Rights and Responsibilities," 

All students shall obey the law, show respect for properly constituted authority, and observe correct standards of conduct. In addition to activities prohibited by law...the following types of behavior shall be prohibited:

1. Intentionally causing physical harm to any person on College District premises or at College District sponsored activities, or intentionally or recklessly causing reasonable apprehension of such harm or hazing.

2. Unauthorized use, possession, or storage of any weapon on College District premises or at College District sponsored activities.

3. Intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or other emergency on College District premises or at College District sponsored activities.

4. Intentionally interfering with normal College District sponsored activities, including but not limited to, studying, teaching, conducting research, duties of the College District administration, or fire, security, or emergency services. 

The Faculty Council also affirms and endorses the following Board of Trustees policy regarding weapons on campus.

Students shall not bring on College District property or to any college or College District sponsored or related activity any gun, weapon, simulated weapon, or any device identified below:

1.Razors;

2.Chains; or

3.Any other object,
 

including school/college supplies, used in a way that threatens or inflicts bodily injury on another person. 

The Faculty Council also affirms and endorses the following purpose for the aforementioned policies:

The purpose of policies about student conduct and discipline are to provide guidelines for the educational environment of the College District. This environment views students in a holistic manner, encouraging and inviting them to learn and grow independently. Such an environment presupposes both rights and responsibilities. Free inquiry and expression are essential parts of this freedom to learn, to grow, and to develop. However, this environment also demands appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. Students must exercise these freedoms with responsibility.




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