Saint Paul College Policies & Procedures

05.34.00.0 - Possession or Carry of Firearms

Part 1. Purpose and Scope.

The purpose of this policy is to establish restrictions on possession or carry of firearms at Saint 
Paul College in accordance with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Policy 5.21, which is 
available at http://www.Minnesota State.edu/board/policy/521.html.

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.

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, such as summer break between 
    spring and fall academic terms; or

  3. expelled or suspended from enrollment as a student at the College, 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. Licensed peace officers. Subpart 3.A.1. does not apply to employees who are licensed peace 
    officers under Minnesota Statutes section 626.84, subd.1(c), when assigned by the College to 
    public safety duties.

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 by calling Public Safety at 651.846.1322 or ext. 
1322. If the incident involves a student, a report will be made to the Associate Vice President of 
Student Development and Services by Public Safety personnel. If the incident involves an 
employee, a report will be made to the Chief Human Resources Officer by Public Safety 
personnel. 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.

  1. Prohibition. 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.

  2. Licensed peace officers. This policy does not apply to students who are licensed peace 
    officers under Minnesota Statutes section 626.84, subd.1(c).

Subpart C. Visitors.

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

  2. Licensed peace officers. This policy does not apply to visitors who are licensed peace 
    officers under Minnesota Statutes section 626.84, subd.1(c).

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 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.

  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.

Nothing in this policy requires the College 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 and Saint Paul 
College 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. College and University Policies. Saint Paul College has adopted this policy consistent 
with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Policy 5.21.

Part 9. Effect. In the event that Saint Paul College Policy 5.34 is found to be in conflict with 
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Policy 5.21, the terms of Minnesota State Colleges and 
Universities Policy 5.21 shall govern.​

Reference

Reference: Minnesota State 5.21

Review Date

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Policy Status

Approved

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