6-13: Weapons and Firearms Control on Campus – Policy

Policy Overview

This Policy governs the restriction of any weapons, including firearms, on Santa Fe Community College (SFCC or College) properties, or at any college-sponsored event on or off campus.
SFCC complies with New Mexico State laws and regulations, including NMSA 1978, § 30-7- 2.4, which prohibits (with some exceptions) the carrying of firearms on university or community college premises.

Scope and Applicability

This policy applies to all students, employees, and visitors to all SFCC properties and at events sponsored by the College. The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe environment in which to learn and to promote the general welfare of all.

Policy Statement

A. Students, visitors and employees of the College are prohibited from possessing weapons of any kind on College premises or at any College-sponsored event, with the exception of the following:
1. Law enforcement officers within the scope of their duties.
2. College security personnel, when deemed necessary by the President.
3. Weapons or firearms (actual or props) that are part of an instructional program, activity, or special event that has been approved by the President or designee with written notification having been provided to the Office of Safety and Security (OSS);
4. Firearms, swords, knives or any type of weapon (actual or prop), will be allowed on campus for the purpose of filming with prior approval from the President or designee with written notification having been provided to OSS;
5. A person older than the age of nineteen in possession of a firearm or weapon in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance, for lawful protection of person and property, provided that the firearm or weapon is secured in a locked vehicle and is out of sight to passersby.

Definitions

1. Law Enforcement Officer is any public official or public officer vested by law with a duty to maintain public order or to make arrests for crime.
2. Premises are any College-owned or leased properties, including the land and buildings or other structures, athletic fields, parking areas, and off-campus course locations, and all locations of associated activities or events sponsored by the College, as well as College owned or leased vehicles both on and off College property.
3. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, swords, knives (with blades longer than four inches), clubs, explosives, spiked wrist bands, chains, brass knuckles, tasers, or any other items that may cause or be used for the purpose of causing intimidation, injury, or death, including mock or toy weapons or guns.

Policy Process

A. Plant Operations, Maintenance, Safety and Security (POMSS) will, in accordance with NMSA 1978, § 30-7-2.4(8), conspicuously post notices around College premises stating that it is unlawful to carry a firearm on College premises.
B. All persons found to be in violation of the above policy are subject to disciplinary action. Such action is to be consistent in type, severity and duration with College practice in dealing with all policy violations.

1. If the violator is a student, responsibility for determining disciplinary action resides with the Student Conduct office.
2. If the violator is an employee of the College, responsibility for determining disciplinary action resides with the Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources (OHR).
3. If the violator is a visitor to campus, responsibility for determining disciplinary action resides with the President.
4. A student, visitor, or employee failing to report knowledge of a weapon in the possession of another individual on campus or of the conduct prohibited in this policy shall be considered an accessory and shall be subject to the same discipline as the primary offender.

C. Persons found to be in violation of the above policy may also be subject to criminal liability under NMSA 1978, § 30-7-2.4.

Statement of Accountability and Responsibility

The President, through the Executive Director of POMSS, the Executive Director for Human Relations and Professional Development/EEO Officer, the Student Affairs Officer and appropriate departments, shall be responsible for enforcing safety and security related policies and procedures. POMSS shall work with different departments and offices to comply with this policy and develop procedures that will enforce this policy regarding awareness, prevention and remediation.
Authority

NMSA 1978, § 30-7-2.4 NMSA 1978, § 30-7-2.4(B)

POLICY APPROVAL:

SFCC Governing Board: 12/18/03 Revised and SFCC Governing Board approved: 4/27/16

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