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Campus Carry Policy

Campus Carry Policy

Senate Bill No. 11 authorizes the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of public institutions of higher education, including TSTC, with certain exceptions.

Senate Bill No. 11 also authorizes the chief executive officers of such public higher education institutions to “establish measurable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution.”

Desired gun exclusion zones, including temporary postings for Pre-K through 12 activities to be held at a TSTC site, may be requested via the provided form to be routed through the appropriate provost.

Open carry of handguns is not allowed on any TSTC campus or premises.

Valid handgun licenses issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety are authorized to possess concealed handguns on any TSTC campus or premises, except as provided below.  All handguns must be concealed at all times, unless the handgun is displayed under circumstances in which the person “would have been justified in the use of force or deadly force” under the law.

The following TSTC locations do not allow Concealed Carry:

  • In or into a secured area of an airport, such as the TSTC Aerospace Building in Waco and in FAA-controlled areas.
  • Challenger Projects and Challenger Operations Buildings.
  • TSTC Police Departments and Emergency Responder Offices and Buildings.
  • Temporary locations where Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students participate in school-related or interscholastic events and programs.
  • Areas used for pre-school children and minor education programs not otherwise statutorily excluded (e.g. Early Childhood Centers, Head Start Programs, Early College High School Campuses and EEOC).
  • On the premises of a polling place on the day of an election or while early voting is in progress.

TSTC student housing shall not be named Gun Exclusion Zones but may be subject to certain safe storage rules, which the College may establish and enforce.

All incidents involving handguns are promptly reported to the TSTC Police Department or, where there is no TSTC Police Department, to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  All reported incidents are promptly investigate, appropriately dealt with and reported to Governance, Risk and Compliance.

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