Policy Category:
Risk Management, Safety, and Facilities
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Policy / Purpose

Oregon Revised Statutes 351.060(1) and (2) grant the State Board of Higher Education broad authority over its property. It states: "The State Board of Higher Education may [c]ontrol and provide for, subject to the conditions of this section, the custody and occupation of the grounds, buildings, books, papers and documents belonging to each and all the institutions, departments or activities under the control of the State Board of Higher Education [and may] [m]anage, control and apply all property of whatever nature given to or appropriated for the use, support or benefit of any or all of the institutions, departments or activities under the control of the State Board of Higher Education ..." Additionally, Senate Bill 242 grants the State Board of Higher Education the "sole authority to govern, set policy, and otherwise manage the affairs of the public universities listed at ORS 352.002" and states the Board "shall exercise and carry out all of the powers, rights and duties that are expressly conferred upon the board or that are implied by law or incident to such powers, rights and duties."

Pursuant to this authority to manage its affairs and control its property-and in recognition of its obligation to provide a safe environment to its students, employees, visitors, vendors, and patrons-the State Board of Higher Education promulgates the following internal policy governing firearms for the Oregon University System, including the Chancellor's Office and the OUS institutions.

 

Authority / Cross-References

Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 351, with specific reference to ORS 351.060 and SB 242 (2011).

 

Principles / Guidelines / Procedures

A. Control by OUS of its Premises Regarding Students, Employees, Contractors, Event Attendees, and Usersof Board-Owned or Controlled Property 

Subject to the exceptions stated in paragraph (C) below, the following persons are prohibited, at all times, from possessing a firearm on Board-owned or controlled property, whether or not that person possesses a concealed handgun license:

  1. Any person with student status, including, but not limited to full-time, part-time, non-admitted, or any person auditing a course at an OUS institution;

  2. Any person employed by the State Board of Higher Education or Oregon University System, including the Chancellor's Office or OUS institutions;

  3. Any person, whether individually or as an agent of an entity, with whom the Oregon University System, including the Chancellor's Office or an OUS institution, has a business relationship, including, but not limited to independent contractors or vendors under contract with the State Board of Higher Education or the Oregon University System, includ ing the Chancellor's Office or an OUS institution. The Chancellor's Office or OUS institution, as appropriate, is encouraged to include a contractual clause identifying this obligation in all of its contracts, but this obligation is binding whether or not such a clause is included. Exceptions may be made when the possession of a firearm is required for the discharge of the duties under the contract or business relationship. Examples include, but are not limited to armored car service to ATM machines within the campus boundary;

  4. Any person attending an event, including but not limited to athletic events, performances, lectures or speeches, which req uire a ticket for admission. Each OUS institution is encouraged to include a contractual clause identifying this obligation on all of its tickets, which function as licenses to attend an event on Board-owned or controlled property, but this OUS policy is effective regardless of the existence of such clauses; and

  5. Any person leasing, renting, or reserving  Board-owned or controlled property. Each OUS institution is encouraged to include a contractual clause identifying this obligation in all contracts with such persons, but this OUS policy is effective regardless of the existence of such clauses.

 

B. Control by OUS of its Premises Regarding Others 

Subject to the exceptions stated in paragraph (C) below, no person may possess a firearm on or in the following places on Board-owned or controlled property, whether or not that person possesses a concealed handgun license:

  1. OUS institution buildings or buildings owned or controlled by the Board; and

  2. OUS sports or performance venues or sports or performance venues owned or controlled by the Board; and

  3. OUS institution work places or work places owned or controlled by the Board.

 

C. Exceptions

The State Board of Higher Education authorizes the following exceptions to its Policy on Firearms:

  1. Possession by on-duty law enforcement officers licensed with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training or equivalent state or federal authority authorized to license the possession of firearms by law enforcement officers;

  2. Possession by any person participating in an institutionally-re cognized or sanctioned U.S. military program, including, but not limited to Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), provided that safety protocols established by such program for the possession and secure storage of firearms have been approved by such program and are followed;

  3. Possession by residents within a family housing dwelling or any other living arrangement governed by Oregon landlord-tenant law. Residence halls and other living arrangements not governed by Oregon landlord-tenant law are expressly excluded from this exception. Possession of firearms by such residents outside the dwelling is subject to the restrictions of this policy; and

  4. Possession by persons in compliance with any institution policy that provides for the transportation and/or safe and secure storage of unloaded firearms in order for a student or employee to have access to a firearm for hunting or target shooting, or

  5. for academic research, so long as the policy:

    1. minimizes the presence of the firearms on Board-owned or controlled property; and

    2. restricts the presence of firearms on Board-owned or controlled property in such cases to those instances in which the person wishing to possess the firearm on Board-owned or controlled property demonstrates a need, as reasonably required by the institution, to possess or transport the firearm on or across Board-owned or controlled property for such hunting or target shooting or academic research; and

    3. requires that such firearms be unloaded except in connection with an institution-sanctioned target-shooting event.

  6. Possession by persons engaged in public safety or campus police training, where authorized.

  7. The Chancellor or OUS president is authorized to make a temporary exception to this policy on the showing of good cause or necessity.

 

D. Review

  1. This Board policy will be reviewed from time-to-time, but no less than once a biennium, for amendment or revision.

 

E. Document History 

  1. Approved by the State Board of Higher Education, March 2, 2012