Campus Carry - August 1, 2017
Texas Senate Bill 11 (Campus Carry) went into effect for community college campuses on August 1, 2017. Therefore, in accordance with Section 30.06 of the Texas Penal Code and Hill College Board policy, CHF (LOCAL), the display or possession of firearms on any Hill College campus/center is prohibited.
In summary of the Hill College policy, the College District prohibits the use, possession, or display of a firearm on College District property or at a College District sponsored or related activity in violation of law and College District regulations.
- An exception to the law and policy is a commissioned peace officer acting in an official capacity, as a Hill College student or as a visitor; or
- Campus Carry - person with a License to Carry (LTC) may carry a concealed handgun into certain areas of an institution of higher learning.
Campus Carry is defined by Hill College Policy, CHF (LOCAL). A brief summary of the policy is: A license holder may carry a concealed handgun while on the campus premises (including public driveways, streets, sidewalks or walkways, and parking lots) and in College District passenger vehicles, unless prohibited by state or federal law, or by this policy. License holders are responsible for knowing areas where carrying a concealed handgun is prohibited where notice is not required to be posted. A license holder shall not carry a partially or wholly visible handgun, or intentionally or knowingly display a handgun in plain view of another person, even if holstered, on the campus premises, including public driveways, streets, sidewalks or walkways, or parking lots on the premises of the College District.
BACKGROUND: Texas Senate Bill 11 (84R Texas legislature), also known as the "Campus Carry" was passed by the Texas Legislature on June 13, 2015. Beginning August 1, 2017, any individual who holds a current and valid License To Carry (LTC), formerly Concealed Handgun License (CHL), may carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder's person where permitted on college property. Colleges may establish areas on campus where handguns will not be permitted for reasons of campus safety, subject to the approval of the Hill College President and Hill College Board of Regents. Effective notice must be given prior to entrance into gun-free areas. Appropriate rules, regulations and provisions related to carrying handguns based on the student population, safety considerations, and the specific concerns of the campus environment may be established. However, colleges may not establish provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns on campus by LTC holders.
CAMPUS CARRY SURVEY
Hill College administration was charged with recommending policies and procedures that, while following applicable state and federal law, also reflected the input of members of the college community, including faculty, staff, students and community members. Hill College solicited input on the Campus Carry survey, the responses to which assisted the Campus Carry Task Force in developing policies and procedures to be recommended to the President and Board of Regents.
The Campus Carry Survey was closed on February 20, 2017. We appreciate all input that was provided.
PROPOSED CAMPUS CARRY TIMELINE
CAMPUS CARRY TASK FORCE
The purpose of the Hill College Campus Carry Task Force is to review current state law in regard to concealed carry on community college campuses and make recommendations for Hill College policy. Policy recommendations should meet the expectations of state law and take into consideration students, faculty, staff and community members.
- Review and discuss Senate Bill 11 as signed by Governor Abbot.
- Review policies, procedures, practices, guidelines, etc. that were implemented by Texas universities effective August 1, 2016 for best practices.
- Review proposed and/or draft policies by Texas community colleges to be implemented August 1, 2017.
- Review Hill College Campus Carry survey results.
- Attend Hill College open forums.
- Develop draft policies that meet the expectations of Senate Bill 11.
- Submit a final draft of recommendations to the President.
Task Force Members:
- Chief Tony Cain – Department of Public Safety, City of Hillsboro
- Sgt. Roseann Cox – Department of Public Safety, City of Hillsboro and Hill College Campus Safety
- Noelle Barnes - Academic Advising and Success Center Director
- Denise Smith - Library Services Assistant
- Brad Stevens – Instructor, Speech/Program Coordinator
- Jerry Hampton – Instructor, Automotive/Program Coordinator
- Frank Williams – Physical Plant Director
- Scott Nalley – Associate Dean of Students
- Kristian Mangum - Hill County Campus, SGA
- Billy Spakes – Johnson County Campus, SGA
Task Force Meetings:
- March 10, 2017
- March 24, 2017
CAMPUS CARRY OPEN FORUMS
Hill College hosted two open forums aimed at providing faculty, staff, students and the community with information concerning Senate Bill 11. The one-hour sessions were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the Hill County Campus Performing Arts Center, in Hillsboro and at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Johnson County Campus Student Center in Room 400, in Cleburne.
Senate Bill 11 allows properly licensed individuals to carry a concealed firearm on campus facilities beginning Aug. 1, 2017. The open forums included a presentation on Senate Bill 11 and a question and answer period immediately following the presentation. Faculty, staff, students and community members were encouraged to attend. Additional information on Senate Bill 11 can be found on the Hill College website at http://www.hillcollege.edu/safety/CampusCarry.html.