Campus Carry at Odessa College

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To the Odessa College Community:

Texas Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) was passed by the Texas Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 1, 2015. It is often referred to as “Campus Carry,” and it permits individuals with a license to carry or a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed weapon on public junior college campuses in Texas beginning August 1, 2017.

As a Texas public junior college we are required by the legislature to implement the Campus Carry legislation, and this spring the college’s safety committee led the campus community through a thoughtful and deliberate process designed to educate students, faculty, staff, and the community about the new law and the development of the Campus Carry rules and policies for Odessa College. In May, the safety committee submitted its recommendations to me for review and consideration. The recommendations were subsequently approved by the Odessa College Board of Trustees at the May 25th board meeting.

The key provisions of the Odessa College plan are:

  •  Carrying concealed handguns by license holders will be prohibited in:
    • The Childcare Center and playground facilities
    • OC TECHS – Odessa Career and Technical Education High School
    • Campus locations used for governmental meetings or as polling places
  • The college will not provide weapon storage facilities in campus buildings or campus residence halls

Please note: House Bill 910 (the “Open Carry” law), was also signed by the Governor in January of 2015; however, institutions of higher education were exempted from “Open Carry” legislation.  As such, Open Carry anywhere on the Odessa College campus or college owned/leased facilities is prohibited and will be considered a violation of state law.

A publicly available webpage has been created that includes the Senate Bill in its entirety, the approved policy, Frequently Asked Questions, resources, etc.  Maintaining a safe environment to live, learn, work and play continues to be the college’s top priority.

Sincerely,

Gregory D. Williams, Ed.D.
President


OC  Campus Carry Policy 

We invite you to provide us with your feedback regarding the implementation of the Campus Carry law at Odessa College. Please contribute your thoughts by completing a brief survey:

Click HERE for Campus Carry Feedback Survey


Questions? Contact OCPD at ocpd@odessa.edu

FAQ

Can anybody legally carry a handgun on campus?

No. SB11 authorizes concealed carry by license holders only. License holders include people who have received the state-mandated training and met the other statutory requirements for a CHL or LTC.

Does a supervisor have the right to prohibit employees and vendors from carrying a concealed handgun in the work environment?

No; however, if an employee or vendor must enter a gun-free zone to accomplish their work, that employee or vendor may NOT carry a concealed handgun while in those designated gun-free areas. 

Can I ask a student, faculty, staff, visitor, etc. if he or she is carrying a concealed handgun or if he or 
she is a license holder?

No. Only a magistrate or a police officer is authorized to ask a student, faculty member, staff employee, or guest on campus if he or she is carrying a concealed handgun, and/or if he or she has a valid license to carry a handgun.

Are faculty and staff required to notify students that they are carrying a concealed handgun?

No.  A license holder is not required to disclose that he or she has a license to anyone except a magistrate or peace officer. 

Can an employee prohibit the concealed carry of a handgun in their private office?

No, unless the private office is located in a designated gun-free zone. Faculty and Staff private offices are generally not located in a designated gun-free zone.

Will there be a list with names of individuals on campus who are license  holders?

No. There is no publicly accessible list of the individuals in Texas who are valid license holders.


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