Message From the Chancellor Regarding the Implementaion of Concealed Carry On Campus
January 24, 2018
Dear Campus Community,
As you may know, all public universities in Arkansas are now transitioning to the full implementation of the state’s new concealed carry laws. We’ve worked for months to create awareness about the details of the laws and how they would be applied to higher education. We began to ask for campus feedback in April of last year and used the questions we received to help guide the information and resources available at safety.uark.edu. I hope that’s been a useful resource for you. The site has been updated with the latest information and we will continue to add useful information there moving forward. We may not have all the answers yet but we feel like we are as prepared as we can be to help make this as smooth a transition as possible for our campus.
Please remember, handguns are only allowed on campus as specifically authorized by state law. Each individual who lawfully possesses a handgun and an enhanced carry permit is required to keep the handgun concealed from public view at all times and is responsible for carrying the handgun in a safe manner.
If an individual carries a concealed handgun in a personal carrier such as a backpack, purse, or handbag, the carrier must remain within the individual’s immediate vicinity (within arm’s reach). As a student, faculty or staff member, you may be required at some point to engage in activities requiring you to be separated from your belongings, and so you should plan accordingly. Anyone who violates the concealed carry laws while on campus may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or discipline by the University, up to and including dismissal. If you observe someone displaying a handgun or other weapon on campus, it should be reported to the University of Arkansas Police Department.
Providing a safe and secure campus is vitally important to the University of Arkansas. I know you share this value and I want to thank you for your commitment to campus safety. Please join me in continuing to work together to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our campus community.
Joseph E. Steinmetz
Message From the Chancellor Regarding New Concealed Carry Laws
April 25, 2017
Dear Campus Community,
Providing a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors is vitally important to the University of Arkansas. We know you share this value and want you to know we are committed to a thoughtful implementation of the state’s new concealed carry laws, Acts 562 and 859, that go into effect Sept. 1, 2017 and will be implemented after the Arkansas State Police develops and implements the required training program and permit process.
Act 562 will allow individuals (who generally must be 21 or over, with limited exceptions) with concealed handgun licenses and who have successfully completed up to 8 hours of enhanced certification training, to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses with the following exclusions: athletic events with approved security plans, grievance and disciplinary meetings and public daycare/K-12 facilities, such as the Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center. These are per Act 859. Storage in any university facility including residence halls is prohibited.
The University of Arkansas System office has provided initial guidance on the new laws, allowing individual campuses to begin the process of developing campus-specific details and information. This website includes policies and information specific to the Fayetteville campus of the University of Arkansas.
We know there will be many questions as the new legislation is implemented. Members of the campus community who have specific questions not addressed in our FAQs here, can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to work closely with our campus community and state law enforcement officials to provide answers, information, and guidance as the new laws are implemented and beyond.
Joseph E. Steinmetz
Frequently Asked Questions
Policies and Guidelines
Concealed handguns are allowed on campus for people (who generally must be 21 or over, with limited exceptions) who hold a valid concealed carry permit and an enhanced concealed carry permit as established by the Arkansas State Police. The Arkansas State Police revised the Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry License Rules in January 2018 to include enhanced concealed carry licensing and training requirements, restrictions and rules.
According to the Arkansas State Police, possession is limited to carrying of the handgun on or about the licensee’s person, in a vehicle occupied by licensee, or otherwise readily available for use.
At all times, the licensee must retain the firearm in his or her immediate vicinity (within arm’s reach).
A licensee is not authorized to leave the handgun unattended in a separate location for safekeeping or future use, except when the handgun is placed in a locked and unattended motor vehicle in a publicly owned and maintained parking lot as permitted by law.
Concealed carry is only allowed on campus if:
- A person is 21 or over, and
- Holds an Arkansas concealed weapon permit, and
- Holds an enhanced concealed weapon permit with up to eight hours of additional training
Open carry is not allowed on campus
U of A faculty and staff do not have the authority to ban handguns from classrooms
Concealed weapons cannot be stored in residence halls, fraternity or sorority houses
Concealed weapons are prohibited from:
- Athletic events and venues
- Jean Tyson Child Development Center