5.21 Possession or Carry of Firearms

Board Policies
Chapter 5 - Administration

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Part 1. Purpose and Scope. The purpose of this policy is to establish restrictions on possession or carry of firearms applicable to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, in accordance with the Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act of 2003, Minnesota Statutes section 624.714, and other applicable law (see related documents below).

Part 2. Definitions.

Subpart A. Employee. "Employee" means any individual employed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, its colleges and universities and the system office, including student employees.

Subpart B. Firearm. "Firearm" means a gun, whether loaded or unloaded, that discharges shot or a projectile by means of an explosive, a gas or compressed air.

Subpart C. Pistol. "Pistol" means a weapon as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 624.712, subd. 2 (see related documents below).

Subpart D. Student. "Student" means an individual who is:

  1. registered to take or is taking one or more courses, classes, or seminars, credit or noncredit, at any system college or university; or
  2. between terms of a continuing course of study at the college or university, such as summer break between spring and fall academic terms; or
  3. expelled or suspended from enrollment as a student at the college or university, during the pendency of any adjudication of the student disciplinary action.

Subpart E. System property. "System property" means the facilities and land owned, leased, or under the primary control of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, its Board of Trustees, system office, colleges, and universities.

Subpart F. Visitor. "Visitor" means any person who is on system property, but does not include (1) an employee of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities acting in the course and scope of their employment; or (2) a student, when that student is on system property.

Part 3. General. No person is permitted to carry or possess a firearm on system property except as provided in this policy.

Subpart A. Employees.

  1. Prohibition. Employees are prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm while acting in the course and scope of their employment, either on or off system property, regardless of whether the employee has a permit to carry a firearm, except as otherwise provided in this policy.
  2. Employee reporting responsibility. An employee with a reasonable basis for believing an individual is in possession of or carrying a firearm in violation of this policy has a responsibility to report the suspected act in a timely manner, unless doing so would subject the employee or others to physical harm. Reports should be made to the official designated in the applicable policy of the college, university or system office. This policy shall not prohibit prompt notification to appropriate law enforcement authorities when an immediate threat to personal safety exists. Employees shall not make reports of a suspected violation knowing they are false or in reckless disregard of the truth.

Subpart B. Students. Students are prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm while on system property, regardless of whether the student has a permit to carry a firearm, except as otherwise provided in this policy.

Subpart C. Visitors. Visitors are prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm while on system property, except as otherwise provided in this policy.

Part 4. Exceptions.

Subpart A. Parking areas. This policy does not prohibit the lawful possession or carry of firearms in a parking area or parking facility.

Subpart B. Authorized uses. This policy does not prohibit:

  1. Lawful possession or carry related to an academic use or use at a campus shooting range, such as law enforcement programs, approved in writing by the college or university president; or
  2. Transport of an unloaded firearm directly between a parking area or parking facility and the location authorized for its use, or transport of an unloaded firearm directly between a parking area or parking facility and a storage facility provided by the college or university.
  3. Possession or carry of a pistol by a visitor who has a lawful permit to carry a pistol pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 624.714, subd. 1a (see related documents below).
  4. Possession or carry of a firearm by a licensed peace officer under Minnesota Statutes section 626.84, subd.1(c) or by a qualified law enforcement officer pursuant to 18 United States Code section 926B (see related documents below), when possession or carry is otherwise authorized by law.

Nothing in this policy requires a college or university to provide storage facilities for employees' or students' weapons.

Part 5. Storage in State Vehicles Prohibited. No vehicle owned, leased, or otherwise under the control of the system shall be used to store or carry a firearm, except as authorized for purposes under part 4.B.1.

Part 6. Violations. Violations of this policy by students or employees are misconduct subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion or termination.

Part 7. Referral to Law Enforcement. Minnesota State Colleges and Universities may refer suspected violations of law to appropriate law enforcement authorities, and provide access to investigative or other data as permitted by law.

Part 8. Effect. In the event any other system, college, university or system office policy or procedure is found to be in conflict with this policy, the terms of this policy shall govern.


Related Documents:

To view any of the following related statutes, go to the Revisor's Web site (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/). You can conduct a search from this site by typing in the statute number.

  • Minnesota Statute 624.714, Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act of 2003
  • Minnesota Statute 624.712, subd. 2, definitions
  • Minnesota Statute 626.84, subd.1(c) licensed peace officers

Policy History:

Date of Adoption: 6/18/03,
Date of Implementation: 6/18/03,

Date & Subject of Revisions:

11/20/13 - Amended Part 3 and Part 4 to allow any employee who is a licensed peace officer to carry a firearm in accordance with law while in work status as a MnSCU employee. Part 8 was deleted.

11/16/11 - Effective 1/1/12, the Board of Trustees amends all board policies to change the term "Office of the Chancellor" to "system office," and to make necessary related grammatical changes.

There is no additional HISTORY for policy 5.21.

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