Weapons and Dangerous Materials
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Murray State University
POLICY NUMBER: VI M
SUBJECT: WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS MATERIALS
APPLIES TO: FACULTY & STAFF
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 7, 2012
Weapons and Dangerous Materials
1. For purposes of this policy, “weapons” means:
a. Any weapon from which a shot, readily capable
of producing death or other serious physical injury, may be discharged. This
includes firearms, and ammunition for firearms, and BB and pellet guns;
b. Any knife, other than an ordinary pocket
knife with a blade less than 4 inches long, or sword;
c. Billy, nightstick, or club;
d. Blackjack or slapjack;
e. Nunchaku karate sticks;
f. Shuriken or death star;
g. Artificial knuckles made from metal, plastic,
or other similar hard material;
h. Any bow and
2. For purposes of this policy, “dangerous
materials” means any explosive device; fireworks including sparklers and smoke
devices; incendiary device; toxic or poisonous chemicals or disease organisms;
bomb; grenade; mine; rocket; or similar device or materials and includes the
unassembled components from which such a device or any of the preceding can be
II. Policy Statement
and dangerous materials are prohibited on all property owned or controlled by
Murray State University. This prohibition encompasses, but is not limited to,
outdoor areas, classrooms, laboratories, residential colleges and other living
facilities, office buildings, performance halls and auditoria, museums, dining
facilities, athletics and recreational facilities and arenas, farms, parking
lots, and vehicles on property owned or controlled by Murray State.
1. The Policy Statement does not apply to the
extent that any weapons or dangerous materials are owned, controlled, and/or
used in conformance with law and applicable standards by Murray State
University as part of its regular operations, including its education and
academic programs, or by any public agency with authority in connection with
its regular operations.
2. The possession or use of weapons in
connection with recognized University activities such as ROTC, MSU Rifle Team,
and law enforcement training is not prohibited under the Policy Statement.
Policy Statement does not prohibit the possession of a firearm, whether or not
loaded, ammunition or other weapon by a person licensed to carry a concealed
deadly weapon pursuant to KRS 237.110
if the weapon is contained in a private or University owned vehicle and is not
removed from the vehicle
4. The Policy Statement does not prohibit the
possession of a firearm, whether or not loaded, ammunition or other weapon with
lawful authority if it is located in and not removed from a private or
University owned vehicle and is kept in an enclosed container, compartment, or
storage space installed as original equipment in the vehicle by its
manufacturer, including but not limited to a glove compartment, center console,
or seat pocket, and regardless of whether the container, compartment, or
storage space is locked, unlocked, or does not have a locking mechanism.
5. The Policy Statement does not prohibit the
possession by individuals listed in KRS 527.020 of weapons under the conditions
referenced in that statute. Reference should be made to the statute for a
complete listing of the individuals and applicable circumstances.
6. The Policy Statement does not apply to the
extent that the presence or use of any weapons or dangerous materials is
authorized by the President under terms and conditions that are consistent with
law and any applicable standards and will protect the safety of persons and
property at Murray State University. The President’s authority may be delegated
as he/she deems appropriate.
1. A student in violation of this Policy is
subject to the “Student Disciplinary Proceedings” found in the Student Handbook
and is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion from the University,
and all other appropriate legal actions.
2. An employee in violation of this Policy is
subject to disciplinary proceedings in accordance with law and existing
University policies and practice and is subject to disciplinary action,
including termination of employment, and all other appropriate legal actions.
3. Others in violation of this Policy are
subject to immediate removal from the University’s property and to all other
appropriate legal actions.
of this Policy
1. The reference in this Policy to particular
weapons and dangerous materials is not intended to condone the presence of
other devices, items, or materials which pose a risk of harm to persons and
property at Murray State University.
2. The President is authorized to supplement
this Policy in order to address other devices, items, or materials which may be
hazardous to persons or property at Murray State University.
3. The President is authorized to amend or
supplement this Policy if necessary to be consistent with law.
4. The President will provide appropriate notice
of any supplementation or amendment. Violation of any such supplementation or
amendment will subject the violator to the consequences provided under this
Policy. The Board of Regents will be notified of any such supplementation or
amendment as an informational item.