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Campus Carry Information

House Bill 280, commonly known as the "campus carry" legislation, will take effect on July 1, 2017.

Read the HB280 guidelines from the University System of Georgia (USG) for the implementation of House Bill 280 that must be followed on all USG campuses beginning July 1, 2017. The following information will be updated as additional becomes available.

Students, faculty and staff should not attempt themselves to monitor or to enforce compliance with the statute by those who do carry handguns. Only law enforcement personnel will be responsible for enforcing the law. If you have concerns or questions, contact the UNG Police.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated July 21, 2017

General Information

How can a student see if there are high school students enrolled in their class?

Students can see if there are high school students enrolled in their classes by viewing their Tranguid in Banner Web.

To find your Tranguid in Banner Web, go to: Student>Student Records>Student Tranguid.

In the class schedule section, the last column on the right, labeled "Dual Enrolled Students," will contain a "yes" if there are high school students enrolled in that class.

Please be sure to read the disclaimer after the class schedule section.

Where can guns be carried?

Any license-holder may carry a gun when he or she is in any building or on real property owned by or leased to any public technical school, vocational school, college, or university, or other public institution of postsecondary education, with the exceptions noted below.  It is still a felony for an individual, without a concealed carry license to carry a gun on campus.  Similarly, open carry, regardless of permit status, is still prohibited.

Where can guns not be carried?

A license-holder may not carry concealed handguns in the following areas:

  • Buildings or property used for athletic sporting events or student housing, including, but not limited to, fraternity and sorority houses;
  • Any preschool or childcare space located within such buildings or real property;
  • Any room or space being used for classes related to a college and career academy or other specialized school as provided for under Code Section 20-4-37;
  • Any room or space during the times when they are being used for classes in which high school students are enrolled, either through a dual-enrollment program, such as ‘Move on When Ready Act’ as provided for under Code Section 20-2-161.3 or a college and career academy or other specialized school as provided for under Code Section 20-4-37;
  • Faculty, staff or administrative offices;
  • Rooms during the times when they are being used to conduct disciplinary proceedings of any kind, including those related to students, faculty or staff.

Can license-holders carry concealed handguns in laboratories on campus?

Yes. HB 280 sets out specific excepted areas in which license-holders may not carry handguns, and laboratories are not one of those exceptions. Handguns would only be prohibited in a laboratory if the particular space were to fall within one of the specific exceptions.

Can license-holders carry concealed handguns at summer camps on campus?

Yes. Summer camps are not set out as an exception to the ability to carry concealed handguns on campus in HB 280. Handguns are prohibited, however, in childcare spaces, which include programs for children under 18 years of age that are located within an enclosed space behind a controlled access point (meaning access via personnel stationed at the door or an electronic mechanism) limited to authorized people.

Can license-holders carry concealed handguns in health centers and exam rooms on campus?

Yes. Health centers and their examination rooms are not specifically excepted from the general rule that license-holders may carry concealed handguns on campus. Handguns are only prohibited in those areas of health centers that fall within a specific exception in HB 280, such as faculty, staff and administrative offices.

What weapons are still prohibited from carrying onto campus?

Code Section 16-11-127.1 contains the definition of weapons that are prohibited on campus:

“Weapon” means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, knuckles, whether made from metal, thermoplastic, wood, or other similar material, blackjack, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind, and any stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 16-11-106. This paragraph excludes any of these instruments used for classroom work authorized by the teacher.

Everything on the list above, except concealed handguns which are permitted under OCGA 16-11-127.1 and tasers which are permitted by OCGA 16-11-127.1, will still be illegal to carry on campus. 

What do I do if I have a concealed carry permit and want to carry a weapon on campus?

It is the responsibility of license-holders who choose to carry handguns on campus to know the law and to understand where they can go while carrying.  According to the USG guidance, student license-holders, “who want to carry handguns to class will need to visit the UNG Registrar, Steven Stubbs, located in the Price Memorial Hall on the Dahlonega Campus, who after verifying their enrollment status will tell them which of their classes, if any, have high school students enrolled.”

Are handguns prohibited from athletic sporting event facilities at all times or only during the events?

Handguns are prohibited in buildings or property that are used for intercollegiate games at all times, not just during the events. Similarly, handguns are prohibited throughout the entire facility, not just those specific areas of the facility in which games are played. The same is true of student housing facilities; handguns are prohibited throughout the facilities, not only in the specific areas where students reside.

Will the university post signage?

The USG guidance indicates that signage is not to be posted. It is the responsibility of license-holders who choose to carry handguns on campus to know the law and to understand where they can go while carrying.  

What do I do if I have questions about where I can carry?

Contact University Police at justin.gaines@ung.edu or UNG’s General Counsel at Jenna.Colvin@ung.edu

Can cadets carry personal weapons on campus?

No. The Department of the Army has prohibited cadets from carrying personally-owned weapons while in uniform, as noted in Policy Letter 22 from the U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC). USACC Cadre, not University Police, are responsible for enforcing this policy. 

Can we ask students or visitors if they are carrying, and, if so, do they have to legally answer?

No. According to the USG guidance on the campus carry, “students, faculty, and staff should not attempt themselves to monitor or to enforce compliance with the statute by those who do carry handguns.”

Can non-law enforcement personnel inquire about whether an individual has a license?

No. According to the USG guidance on the campus carry, “students, faculty, and staff should not attempt themselves to monitor or to enforce compliance with the statute by those who do carry handguns.”

What should I do if I see someone on campus with a handgun or other weapon?

Call the University Police or report the incident through the Rave Guardian mobile app on your smartphone (the app is linked to UNG’s emergency communications center). USG guidance advises that “students, faculty and staff should not attempt themselves to monitor or to enforce compliance with the statute by those who do carry handguns.”

Can students switch classes if they feel threatened because of a fellow student in one of their classes carrying a gun?

Only if it is during the add/drop period and only if space is available may students change a class. Students should adjust schedules using the Nighthawks registration system.

Will there be training provided for us?

Yes. University Police provide Emergency Action Plan training that addresses many emergency scenarios, including active shooters. The plan can be found at www.ung.edu/police. University Police hold multiple Emergency Action Plan training sessions each semester and provide notification of these sessions via email.

Does HB 280 apply to off-campus field trips or work trips?

No. HB 280 only applies “in any building or on real property owned by or leased to any public . . . college, or university . . . or other public institution of postsecondary education.” When students, faculty or staff leave campus for school-related activities, they will be governed by the weapons laws that apply to their off-campus locations.

Does HB 280 apply to property owned by USG institutions outside of Georgia?

No. HB 280 only applies within the State of Georgia. People at locations that are owned or leased by USG colleges and universities but lie outside of Georgia will be governed by the applicable local laws of the city, county, state and/or country in which the facilities lie.

If USG institutions will not be providing storage lockers, where can license-holders store their handguns while they go to places on campus where handguns are prohibited?

It is the responsibility of those who choose to carry handguns on campus to make arrangements for the proper and safe storage of those guns. Current law already allows for the securing of guns in parked cars. License-holders can also make arrangements for storage off-campus.

Guidance Related to Dual-enrolled Students

Does the law prohibit firearms anywhere a dual-enrollment student may be present?

No. It applies only to “rooms and other spaces during the times when they are being used for classes in which high school students are enrolled, whether through dual-enrollment and programs such as Move on When Ready or through college and career academies or other specialized programs such as Early College.” It does not apply to general areas, such as the library, student center or dining areas.

Should faculty attempt to enforce the statue in classes where dual enrollment students may be present?

No. The burden is on the license-holder to determine where they can lawfully carry, and they must present their schedule to the Registrar or designated individual to know if there are any dual-enrolled students in any of their courses. Faculty members should not indicate or identify any dual-enrolled students in their course.

What happens if there are no dual-enrolled students in the class when the license-holder asks, but a dual-enrolled student enrolls later (i.e. during the drop/add period)?

It is the responsibility of license-holders who choose to carry handguns on campus to know the law and to understand where they can go while carrying.  

Can faculty members and students other than license-holders ask the registrar whether high school students are enrolled in their classes?

Yes.

Enforcement Information

Who will enforce violations of this law?

Law enforcement officials, including University Police, will be responsible for enforcement. Concerns should be reported to University Police. USG guidance states that “students, faculty, and staff should not attempt themselves to monitor or to enforce compliance with the statute by those who do carry handguns.”

Will campus police require registration of license-holders?

No. According to the USG guidance on the campus carry, the law does not give “individual institutions discretion to bar or further limit handguns on their campuses.”

Will the license-holders have to have training to carry on campus?

No. The current state law does not require a license-holder to complete training to receive a permit.

Can the university impose extra training requirements not established by state law?

No. According to the USG guidance on the campus carry, the law does not give “individual institutions discretion to bar or further limit handguns on their campuses.”

What are the repercussions if a concealed carry license-holder leaves their weapon unattended?

They will have violated the law and appropriate law enforcement action will be taken. 

Will the university impose other penalties?

Individuals who violate the law may also be subject to penalties under the student code of conduct.

If a student or employee violates the provisions of HB 280, may the institution treat that conduct as a violation of its student code of conduct or personnel rules?

Yes. The immediate situation should be handled by law enforcement, but afterwards the conduct may be treated as a violation of the student code of conduct or the personnel rules. That process should then be handled in the same manner as any other student or employee misconduct case would be handled.

Faculty/Staff Information

Given that students may carry weapons into our classrooms, will faculty have the power to set rules about acceptable behavior with firearms and the consequences of unacceptable behavior with firearms?

No. According to the USG guidance on the campus carry, the law does not give “individual institutions discretion to bar or further limit handguns on their campuses.”

May faculty members provide information about HB 280 in their course syllabi?

Yes. Faculty members can provide information by linking to the USG guidance at the usg.edu website.

Are faculty allowed to announce that someone in their classrooms might be armed?

No. According to the USG guidance on the campus carry, the law does not give “individual institutions discretion to bar or further limit handguns on their campuses.”

Are faculty members responsible for announcing to their classes that guns are (or are not) prohibited because high school students are (or are not) enrolled?

No. It is the responsibility of those who choose to carry handguns on campus to make themselves aware of where and when they can do so. They can learn which of their classes include high school students by asking the registrar, as can faculty members and their classmates. In fact, the USG does not recommend that faculty members make announcements in class because it may lead to confusion among students resulting from inconsistencies between different professors and different classes.

Can faculty members ask students to identify themselves if they are carrying handguns or ask students who carry handguns to take different classes?

No. State law grants license-holders the ability to carry handguns to public college and university classes (except those in which high school students are enrolled), and faculty members may not ask license-holders to reveal that they are carrying concealed handguns or in any way discourage them from doing what they are legally allowed to do.

Can faculty or staff ask students to leave their book bags or other large bags outside their classrooms or offices?

No. According to the USG guidance on the campus carry, the law does not give “individual institutions discretion to bar or further limit handguns on their campuses.”

Will faculty or staff be able to ask a gun carrier to leave their gun in their car if they are emotionally distraught?

No. According to the USG guidance on the campus carry, the law does not give “individual institutions discretion to bar or further limit handguns on their campuses.” In any situation, if you have concerns about someone who is emotionally distraught potentially harming themselves or others, contact University Police.

Are faculty "mandated reporters" for violations of the Campus Carry law?

No, however any concerns about suspicious or unlawful behavior should be reported to University Police.

Should supervisors conduct additional training for their staff?

We recommend that supervisors guide their employees to www.ung.edu/campuscarry for information. If additional resources are needed, please contact UNG Police Chief Justin Gaines at justin.gaines@ung.edu.

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