Firearms and Weapons

 

Policy Statement

All members of the university community, as well as visitors, are prohibited from possessing unconcealed and concealed firearms, explosives or weapons (hereafter referred to as “weapons”) on the premises of the university without the explicit advance authorization of the university, regardless of whether a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor. 

Reason for Policy 

The university is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment to conduct educational, social and research activities. This policy is a proactive step towards reducing the risk of injury or death associated with intentional or accidental use of weapons. 

Who is Governed by this Policy

  • Students
  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Visitors

Policy

All faculty, staff, students and visitors to the university are strictly prohibited from possessing concealed or unconcealed firearms, ammunition for any caliber of firearm, explosives or weapons (hereafter referred to as “weapons”) on the premises of the university without the explicit advance authorization of the university, regardless of whether a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor. The only exceptions to this policy are as follows:

A. Commissioned law enforcement officers to the extent they are legally permitted to possess weapons in the jurisdiction in which the university premises are located may do so on the premises of the university in such jurisdiction. For instance, Metropolitan Police Department officers who are legally permitted to possess weapons in the District of Columbia may possess such weapons on the Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon campuses.

B. Persons authorized by their employer, and duly licensed and legally permitted under the laws of the jurisdiction in which they are located to possess weapons, (such as employees of armored car services that collect or transport cash, checks, valuables, etc.) may do so on the premises of the university in such jurisdiction while on-duty, or in the performance of their duties.

C. Persons in the military in performance of their official duties to the extent they are legally permitted to possess weapons in the jurisdiction in which they are located may do so on the premises of the university in such jurisdiction. Written notification must be made by the individual carrying the firearm to the Chief, GW Police Department.

D. Faculty or staff legally permitted to possess weapons in the jurisdiction in which they are located may do so on the premises of the university in such jurisdiction if they are part of an academic or research activity only. Persons subject to this exemption must obtain the explicit advance authorization of the university by making written application to the Chief, GW Police Department.

E. University sanctioned groups or events where a particular weapon(s) is a required part of the curriculum or activity, for example, martial arts classes/clubs; fencing classes/clubs; theatrical events, etc.  Persons subject to this exemption  must obtain the explicit  advance authorization of the university by making written application to the Chief, GW Police Department. 

Anyone possessing a weapon other than those in the exception categories will be asked to remove it from university premises immediately. They may also be subject to arrest and/or disciplinary action.

Exceptions to this policy must be requested in writing to the Chief, GW Police Department. The Chief will review the request with the Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and the Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Only under the most unusual circumstance will a request for an exception be granted. If an exception is granted, the notation “FWP” will be placed in the comment section of the individual’s Banner record, indicating they are approved to carry a firearm on campus. Questions about the applicability of this policy to specific items may be directed to the Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security.

Any student, faculty or staff member violating this policy shall be subject to the disciplinary policies and procedures applicable to students, faculty or staff.

Additionally, possession of unlicensed firearms or weapons will result in confiscation and may lead to criminal prosecution by the appropriate jurisdiction. 

Definitions

Firearm: Any device that shoots a bullet, pellet, flare, tranquilizer, spear dart, or other projectile, whether loaded or unloaded, including those powered by CO2. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, air guns, dart guns, pistols, revolvers, rifles, shot guns, cannons, and plastic firearms made with 3-D printers and copying technology, and any ammunition for any such device. 
 
Weapon: Any device that is designed to or traditionally used to inflict harm. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) firearms, slingshots, switchblades, daggers, blackjacks, brass knuckles, bows and arrows, hand grenades, hunting knives, nunchucks, throwing stars, etc.; 2) any object that could be reasonably construed as a weapon; or 3) any object legally controlled as a weapon or treated as a weapon under the laws of the jurisdiction in which the University premises is located. 

Explosives: Any chemical compound or mechanical mixture that contains any oxidizing and combustible units, or other ingredients, in such proportion, quantities or packing that an ignition or detonation by fire, friction, concussion, percussion, static, RF (radio frequency) Energy or detonator, or any part of the compound or mixture, may cause a sudden generation of highly heated gases  that results in gaseous pressures capable of producing destructive efforts on contiguous objects or of destroying life or limb. This includes, but is not limited to, firecrackers, black powder, dynamite, plastic explosive, or any improvised compound with the same properties etc. as well as detonating devices such as detonators, blasting caps, timers, incendiary wire and the like. 

Related Information

Code of Student Conduct 

Employee Handbook 

Faculty Code 

Contacts

Contact Phone Number Email Address
GW Police Department 202-994-6110 [email protected]
Human Resources 202-994-8500 [email protected]
Vice Provost and Dean of Students 202-994-671 [email protected]
Faculty Recruitment and Personnel Relations 202-994-6783  [email protected]

Responsible University Official: Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security
Responsible Office: Division of Safety and Security

Last Reviewed: March 14, 2017

 

Non-compliance with this policy can be reported through this website.