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Firearms and other weapons are not permitted at Howard Community College (HCC).  Weapons include but are not limited to knives, firearms, fireworks, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or arms classified as weapons.  Any instrument that may cause apprehension or harm is expressly included within the definition of weapon.

There are exceptions when individuals may possess weapons on campus.  Students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are employees of law enforcement organizations and are required to carry a weapon must give advanced written notification to the director of security services of their intent to carry a licensed weapon on campus.  Written notification may be transmitted by email.  This notification should typically take place at the beginning of each semester, or on a case-by-case basis as needed.

A faculty member or other designated instructor may also carry a weapon for instructional purposes when authorized by HCC.  The faculty member must notify the immediate supervisor of the intent to use a weapon for instructional purposes prior to the class.  The faculty member or instructor must give advanced written notification to the director of security services at the beginning of each semester.  Weapons must not be left unattended and must be locked in a secure location immediately prior to and after use in class.

Students who want to bring a weapon to class for instructional or presentation purposes must first obtain written permission from the instructor; the appropriate area division chair must be copied on the written permission.  The student must then provide advanced written notification of the intent to carry a weapon on campus, which includes the written permission of the instructor, to the director of security services.  If permission to bring a weapon to class for instructional or presentation purposes is granted, the weapon may not be loaded and must be stored in a locked vehicle prior to class and stored in a locked vehicle or taken off-site immediately following class.

Any student, faculty, staff member, or visitor who uses a weapon inappropriately in class or on the campus, even if the person is authorized to carry a weapon and has notified the director of security services, is subject to disciplinary action. 

Policy Manual Review/Revision: 03/08/13