Auraria Higher Education Center
Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration
Administrative Policies and Procedures
Approved: September 17, 2003
RESOLUTION AND POLICY
RE: WEAPONS ON CAMPUS
WHEREAS, the possession of firearms, explosives, and other weapons on or within the Auraria campus, leased buildings, areas under the jurisdiction of the Auraria campus police department, or other areas where such possession interferes with the learning and working environment of the Auraria campus (collectively referred to herein as the “Auraria campus”) is inconsistent with the academic missions of Auraria’s constituent institutions and seriously undermines them; and
WHEREAS, such possession creates a threat to the safety and welfare of students, employees, and visitors on the Auraria campus; and
WHEREAS, such possession threatens the tranquility of the educational environment on the Auraria campus in an intimidating way and contributes in an offensive manner to an unacceptable climate of violence; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the possession of firearms, explosives, or other weapons on the Auraria campus is prohibited.
A "weapon" shall include anything likely to be used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring a person; an instrumentality designed or likely to produce bodily harm; or an instrument by the use of which a fatal wound may probably or possibly be given. A "weapon” may include, but is not limited to, the following: any firearm, BB gun, pellet gun, bow & arrow, cross-bow, slingshot, cross-knuckles, knuckles of lead, brass or other metal, any bowie knife, dirk, dagger or similar knife, or any knife having the appearance of a pocket knife, the blade of which can be opened by a flick of a button, pressure on the handle or other mechanical contrivance. The policy is not intended to include standard cosmetic, wardrobe or convenience items such as tweezers, nail clippers, mini Swiss army knives, and belts and belt buckles.
A harmless instrumentality designed to look like a firearm, explosive, or other weapon which is used by or is in the possession of a person with the intent to cause fear in or assault to another person is expressly included within the meaning of a “weapon.”
Possession of firearms, explosives, or other weapons is permitted (1) for peace officers or (2) for others who have a legitimate purpose for such possession directly related to their education or employment on the Auraria campus and have written permission from the Auraria Chief of Police.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that any individual who is found in the unauthorized possession of firearms, explosives, or other weapons on the Auraria campus and who is found to have intentionally or recklessly used or possessed such weapons in a way that has intimidated, harassed or injured persons on the Auraria campus or that has otherwise interfered with the learning and working environment of the Auraria campus shall be banned from the Auraria campus. This section is not intended to limit the authority or discretion of Auraria’s constituent institutions to discipline their respective students or employees.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution and policy is intended to clearly state expected standards of personal conduct for employees, students, and visitors on the Auraria campus.
IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED that to the extent that AHEC policies need to be amended or supplemented to reflect the intent of this resolution and policy, the Executive Vice President for Administration is directed and authorized to proceed to make such changes.
Approved by the Auraria Board of Directors on September 17, 2003
WEAPONS POLICY GUIDELINES FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
1. AHEC and the Auraria Campus, including the Community College of Denver, the Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver (hereafter referred to as “the Institutions”) are in formal support of the “Resolution and Policy Regarding Weapons on Campus” adopted by the Auraria Board on September 17, 2003. In addition, the institutions and AHEC have agreed to the following principles of enforcement.
2. Possession of weapons on campus will be treated as a serious violation of the Auraria Board’s “Resolution and Policy Regarding Weapons on Campus”.
3. The Institutions and AHEC have adopted a “No tolerance” policy for faulty or staff who possess any illegal weapons as defined by law or defined in the “Resolution and Policy Regarding Weapons on Campus”.
4. Should a weapon be discovered in the possession or control of a faculty or staff member on campus the following procedures will apply:
5. In the rare case where an employee has received express written permission to carry a weapon on campus through Auraria Campus Police, a copy of such permission will be forwarded to the Institution’s Human Resources department.
AURARIA STUDENT JUDICIAL PROCEDURES
RE: WEAPONS ON CAMPUS
The Judicial Officers from the Auraria Campus, including the Community College of Denver, the Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado at Denver (hereafter referred to as “the Institutions”) are in formal support of the Auraria Board of Director’s “Resolution and Policy Regarding Weapons on Campus” adopted on September 17, 2003. In addition, the Judicial Officers from the institutions have agreed to the following principles of enforcement with regard to Auraria students:
Adopted: November 30, 2003
Auraria Campus Police
Heather Coogan, Chief of Police
Auraria Higher Education Center
Barb Wieske, Director, Tivoli Student Union
Community College of Denver
Felicia Patterson, Vice President, Student & Enrollment Services
Kim Poast, Dean of Students
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Karen Raforth, Vice President & Dean of Student Life
University of Colorado at Denver
Obe Hankins, Director of Student Life