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Policy Number: 2.5002
Title: Weapons on University Property
Effective: 07/03/2007
Senate Proposal: No
Responsible University Officer: Vice President for Administration
Responsible Office: Public Safety

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Policy Statement

The University prohibits the following:


Policy Requirements

Students, employees, and visitors of Michigan Technological University must register all weapons with the Public Safety Department as soon as possible when bringing such item(s) onto University property. The individual must carry proof of registration while in possession of a weapon on University property. Weapons must be unloaded when transported into the Public Safety Building or other designated weapons storage area.

Registration in a Physical Education course in archery carries automatic registration of the bow and arrows for the purpose of this policy.

Any violation of this policy will render the violator liable to disciplinary action or expulsion.


Reason for Policy

To keep the campus community safe.


Related Policy Information

To view the policy regarding weapons on University property in its entirety, refer to the Board of Trustees Policy Manual, 12.7. Weapons Registration, or the Policy Manual Web site at



Authorized law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties are exempted from these regulations.

Registered weapons and/or its ammunition being promptly transported or the use of such items as part of an authorized course activity are excluded.

The possession of explosives on University property is prohibited except for:

  1. Ammunition stored in designated weapon storage areas or in direct and rapid transit to or from these areas.
  2. Explosives used as a part of an authorized course or construction activity.


Office/Unit Name Telephone Number
Director, Public Safety 7-2216


Ammunition — Includes bullets, shot, arrows, paintballs, BBs, air soft pellets and any other material that is shot, fired, discharged or otherwise released from a weapon.

Designated Weapons Storage Area — The Public Safety Weapons Storage Room; the rifle range, the archery range, and ROTC weapons storage facilities when used as part of an authorized course; or other areas that may be designated as weapons storage areas by the director of Public Safety.

Firearms — Includes rifles, pistols, shotguns, air rifles, paintball guns, air soft guns, and any other similar device that fires a projectile.

University Property — Buildings, facilities or grounds owned, leased operated controlled or supervised by the University.

Weapon — Includes firearms; archery or hunting bows; escrima sticks, bow staffs and other martial arts weapons; any device that fires a projectile; any weapon required by law to be licensed; blades greater than 3 inches long; or any other device of a similar nature and purpose.



Individual with Weapon on University Property - Upon arrival, registers weapon with Public Safety, carries proof of registration while in possession of the weapon, transports weapon unloaded, and stores weapon in designated weapons storage area. Weapon owners are responsible to supply a lock for the weapons locker.

Public Safety — Registers and/or authorizes the storage of the weapon; maintains the security of the weapon in the Weapons Storage Area; and retains documentation relating to the registered weapon.

University Personnel — Reports to public safety any weapons stored in unauthorized storage areas.



In support of this policy, the following procedures are included:

2.5002.1 Weapon Registration and/or Storage

Forms and Instructions

In support of this policy, the following forms/instructions are included:

Weapon Registration Form - Available from Public Safety




Adoption Date: 02/19/2001
Revised 07/03/2007 MTU Apartments and residence halls are no longer an authorized weapons storage area. Added Public Safety Weapons Storage Room as an authorized area.
Revised: 05/08/2012 To reflect current University titles and practice, MTU is now Michigan Tech and the email address for questions is now hbwebmaster.
06/04/2015 To reflect current titles and practice, "Board of Control" is now "Board of Trustees" and the email address for questions is now policy.

Policy Statement  |  Requirements  |  Reason  |  Related Information  |  Exclusions
Contacts  |  Definitions  |  Responsibilities  |  Procedures  |  Forms & Instructions  |  Appendices  |  History