Weapons and Firearms Policy

The University is committed to providing a reasonably safe, secure, learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors on all campus properties. The use, possession and storage of all firearms, dangerous weapons, explosives or other dangerous articles are prohibited on all properties owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the University.

In 2013, the state of Illinois passed the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66 et seq.) which allows qualified people to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois. However, the state's concealed carry legislation prohibits the carrying of firearms on college campuses, including SXU. State Certified Police officers including police officers assigned to the Office of Public Safety by state law are exempt.

Possession, display or use of firearms, weapons (including look-a-like or collector weapons), or ammunition (including empty shells or casings) or the abuse or intended misuse of flammable substances are violations of university policy. A weapon is defined as any device or object designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical damage including but not limited to air guns, airsoft products, ammunition, clubs, electrical weapons, explosives, firearms, fireworks, nun-chucks, knives, swords, tasers and throwing stars on University property.

Knives or other bladed instruments with blades three inches or longer (with the exception of knives intended for kitchen use) are considered weapons and are prohibited. Any person violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Student violations will be addressed through the Dean of Students Office. Staff and faculty violations should be reported to the Office of Public Safety and the Director of Human Resources. Visitor violations should be reported to the Office of Public Safety. When in doubt if the person is a student, faculty, staff or visitor, contact Public Safety at 773-298-3911.

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