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Weapons Prohibited on Campus

UGA Police Services

View Official Policy: Weapons Prohibited on campus Policy

The University System of Georgia (USG) prohibits all weapons on property owned or leased by the USG and its institutions, except as specifically provided herein or as provided in federal or state law.

Exceptions

Prohibited weapons do not include sporting equipment possessed for legitimate use in formal or informal athletic or exercise activities.

Law enforcement officers, active military personnel, and other similar personnel may possess weapons as authorized by federal or state law to do so.

Any person who is 18 years of age or older or currently enrolled in classes in a USG institution may possess an electroshock weapon on the campus(es) of that institution but may only make use of such electroshock weapon in defense of self or others.

Weapons carry license holders may possess weapons while under the license holder’s physical control in a motor vehicle, in a locked compartment in a motor vehicle, in a locked container in a motor vehicle, or in a locked firearms rack in a motor vehicle.

A weapons carry license holder may carry a handgun in any building or on any real property owned or leased by the USG and its institutions; provided, however, that such exception shall:

(i)                  Not apply to buildings or property used for athletic sporting events or student housing, including, but not limited to, fraternity or sorority houses;

(ii)                Not apply to any preschool or childcare space located within such buildings or real property;

(iii)               Not apply to any room or space being used for classes related to college and career academy or other specialized school as provided for under Georgia Code Section 20-4-37;

(iv)               Not apply to any room or space being used for classes in which high school students are enrolled through a dual enrollment program, including, but not limited to, classes related to the “Move on When Ready Act” as provided for under Georgia Code Section 20-2-161.3;

(v)                Not apply to faculty, staff or administrative offices or rooms where disciplinary proceedings are conducted;

(vi)               Only apply to the carrying of handguns which a licensee is licensed to carry pursuant to subsection (e) of Georgia Code Section 16-11-126 and pursuant to Georgia Code Section 16-11-129; and

(vii)             Only apply to the carrying of handguns which are concealed.

Responsibilities

The Chief of Police has the responsibility of providing for the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors at the University of Georgia.

Responsible University Senior Administrator:  Vice President for Finance & Administration

Responsible University Administrator: Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Finance & Administration

Policy Owner: Chief of Police

Policy Contact: Jimmy Williamson, Chief of Police

Phone Number: 706-542-1032

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