BOULDER, Colo. — As shootings on college campuses increase — and in the wake of a fatal shooting near Texas A&M this week — the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus announced Thursday that it will bar guns from undergraduate residence halls and provide designated off-campus housing for those hoping to bring their weapons to the university.
This new policy was put in place ahead of the opening of CU’s residence halls to students, which takes place on Aug. 21.
In the press release, the University said it will accommodate students who hold a Colorado concealed carry permit in a graduate student housing complex off the main campus, “provided the permit holders store their weapon in a safe within their dwelling when they are not carrying it.”
Some may believe this new policy flies in the face of a March ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, which gave individuals with a state-issued concealed carry permit the right to carry handguns on university and college properties. CU said it has taken appropriate steps to make sure the new policy does not violate the terms of that ruling.
How so? By limiting the new gun restrictions to residence halls instead of implementing a campus-wide ban.
The authority to implement residence hall gun policies, the university stated in the release, was delegated to the chancellors at CU-Boulder by the Colorado Board of Regents last spring.
“I believe we have taken reasonable steps to adhere to the ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court, while balancing that with the priority of providing a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff,” CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said.
According to an analysis by university police, 0.6 percent of faculty, staff and students on the Boulder campus posses a permit to carry a concealed weapon. This is largely due to the fact that individuals under the age of 21 are not eligible to obtain such a permit. About 96 percent of CU undergraduates are under 21.
Students with such permits hoping to live in on-campus residence halls will be allowed to store their firearms at the University of Colorado Police Department.