While Illinois’ recently implemented concealed carry law already prohibits licensed gun owners from carrying their firearms on college campuses, COD has made the campus gun ban crystal clear through implementation of a new concealed carry policy.
When students, employees and visitors enter a College of DuPage building, they may encounter a nice gesture of holding the door open or a smile from a passing person.
Now, they are also greeted with stickers displaying a “no-firearm” symbol.
COD Policy 15-41 was included for the board of trustees information during their January meeting. The new rules apply to students, employees and all other individuals on not only the Main Campus but regional centers as well.
The policy specifically bans a person from displaying, discharging or simply possessing a weapon on any college property, including sidewalks and parking lots. However, licensed firearm owners may keep a gun locked in a case inside their parked vehicle except in restricted parking areas such as lots near the Early Childhood Center.
If a person violates the rules, the college enforces the right to discipline offenders. The policy outlines potential consequences such as expulsion for student violators and banning an individual from returning to the campus.
There are a few exceptions; law enforcement officials are exempt from the new rules. Students who use weapons or firearms in a training course or for approved sporting events will continue to do so, and fake weapons used in the college’s theatrical productions will be allowed.
These new protocols follow Illinois’ ongoing implementation of the recent concealed carry law. Most of the policy’s language comes right out of “prohibited areas” clause of the state’s legislation, which bans the carrying of firearms in public and private schools, government buildings and even on public trains and buses.