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Weapons and Dangerous Substances Policy 4.7-1


Public Safety
Authorizing Body:
President - PRES
Responsible Department:
University Police
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ProhibitionNo person shall possess or use any firearm, other dangerous weapons, explosive device or material (including fireworks), incendiary device or other dangerous object or substance on property owned, leased or under the control of the University, or while engaged in University business or activities. For purposes of this prohibition, the following definitions apply:

1. Other dangerous weapons include, but are not limited to, hunting knives, daggers, swords, switchblades, metallic knuckles, crossbows, bows and arrows, firecrackers, any device from which an electrical current, impulse, wave, or beam may be directed that is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure or kill, air guns, pellet guns or other devices capable of forcefully ejecting a projectile.
2. An incendiary device includes, but is not limited to, any device which can reasonably be expected to create a dangerous fire situation.
3. A dangerous object or substance includes, but is not limited to, any chemical or biological agent or substance which can reasonably be expected to cause harm to persons or property.

Exceptions - The prohibition stated above shall not apply in the following circumstances:

1. University employees who are authorized by the University to possess and/or use such weapons, devices or substances.
2. Law enforcement officers.
3. Non-University personnel who are required by their employers to possess and/or use such weapons, devices or substances in the performance of their official duties.
4. Possession and/or use of such weapons, devices or substances when authorized as an integral part of (1) a recreational, training or educational program or (2) a ceremony or theatrical performance, if such program, ceremony or performance is offered or approved by the University and the Chief of Police is notified one week in advance of the start of the program, ceremony or performance.
5. When a written waiver is issued by the University President or the University Police Chief under extraordinary circumstances.
6. The carrying and use of a self-defense spray or foam device, so long as its possession and use conforms to Michigan Law

Penalties - Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment and/or expulsion from University property. In addition, student violators are subject to discipline under the University Code of Student Conduct.

Appendix:  Board of Control Resolution Res-1490 March 11, 2002