Today, Texas’ campus carry law goes into effect. In March, the University of Dallas decided to continue its current policy prohibiting weapons on campus, and opted out of this statewide law allowing concealed handguns on college campuses.
Unlike public schools, private institutions can choose to opt out of Texas’ Senate Bill 11. The “Campus Carry Bill,” which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015, signed by the governor last year and takes effect today, includes a provision allowing private universities to opt out after consulting with their students, faculty and staff.
“After completing a community-wide survey of the most affected internal constituents -- including students, staff and faculty -- I have decided, with the Board of Trustees’ fullest support, that the University of Dallas will remain a gun-free campus,” said president Thomas W. Keefe. “From our feedback, it is clear campus safety will remain one of our highest priorities. We are fully dedicated to serving the needs of our university.”
The University of Dallas’ decision to opt out of the campus carry legislation places the university among the majority of private institutions throughout the state, all but one of which are also keeping guns off their campuses.
For those left with questions about the University of Dallas’ gun policy, you can read the formal campus weapons policy.