SMU President R. Gerald Turner released the following statement to the campus community on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015:
As many of you know, Texas lawmakers passed Senate Bill 11 in the last legislative session, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law in June. The law, also known as the “campus carry” law, provides that license holders may carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses starting August 1, 2016. It allows private Texas colleges and universities to opt out of its requirement and ban guns, in consultation with their campus communities.
Earlier this month, representatives from the SMU Offices of Legal Affairs, Student Affairs, Business and Finance and Police met with the SMU Faculty Senate, SMU Student Senate and SMU Staff Advocacy Council. The feedback from these meetings was valuable.
I am now seeking input from the broader SMU student, faculty and staff community. Please submit your comments about the “campus carry” law and about SMU’s policy as a weapons-free campus by clicking here. To read more about Senate Bill 11, see below. You also can read our long-standing weapons-free campus policy below.
While the final “opt out” decision rests with me, your feedback is important. Thanks to each of you for the role you play in maintaining a safe and welcoming campus for all.