Board of Trustees amends policy on weapons on campus

Jessica Barnett


The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted to amend its policy on weapons on campus at its Feb. 18 meeting in Jackson, Miss. 

The amendments allow visitors with enhanced carry permits to bring registered weapons to public spaces on campus. This amendment does not allow students or faculty to bring weapons to campus.

"We understand that the issue of weapons on campus is a very serious matter," said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. "The safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and visitors on our campuses is the Board of Trustees' top priority. The changes to current policy were made only after careful consideration of how to align the policy with changes made in state law. The amended language brings Board Policy into compliance with current state law."

Universities are responsible for defining which areas will be deemed non-public and establish those in institutional policy. A decision regarding The W will be made on Wednesday. 

MUW Spectator will run a more in-depth story on weapons on campus in its March print edition.