5:003 Firearms and Other Weapons
|Austin Peay State
|Firearms and Other Weapons
It is the policy of Austin Peay State University that employees may carry or possess firearms or other weapons on APSU property only as authorized by law. Employees are prohibited from possessing or carrying firearms or other weapons on APSU property unless authorized in the procedures section below. This policy is not applicable to the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, which is located on Fort Campbell, a United States Army military installation or at the Highland Crest Center, which is operated by Volunteer State Community College.
To maintain a safe educational and working environment by establishing rules governing the possession or carrying of firearms and other weapons by University employees on APSU property or while acting in the course and scope of their University employment.
-Enrolled as a Student
-On or About the Person
-Valid Handgun Carry Permit
-Exceptions for Employees with Valid Handgun Carry Permits
-Other Exceptions to the Prohibition on Weapons
-Right to Search for Weapons
-Limitations of Liability
-APSU Policy 5:011
|Carry||To physically transport a firearm or other weapon on or about the body.
|Concealed||Not visible to ordinary observation.
|Employee||All faculty, executive, administrative, professional, and support staff employed in
the service of and whose compensation is paid by APSU. “Employee” does not include
independent contractors who provide goods or services to the University or student
workers as defined by APSU Policy 5:011.
|Full-time Employee||All faculty, executive, administrative, professional, and support staff who are employed
on a full-time basis by the University, excluding any person who is enrolled as a
student (defined below) at the University, regardless of whether the person is also
an employee. A full-time employee is one who has a regular work week of at least 37.5
hours, or who is scheduled to carry a full teaching load or its equivalent. This includes
full-time modified fiscal year (MODFY) employees, temporary employees and term appointees
who have a regular work week of at least 37.5 hours or are scheduled to carry a full
teaching load or its equivalent. “Full-time Employee” does NOT include independent
contractors who provide goods or services to the institution. For example, if an institution
contracts for custodial services or food services, the contractor’s employees are
NOT allowed to carry a handgun on the premises, even if they work on the premises
|Enrolled as a
|To be registered for an academic offering at APSU, whether or not the academic offering
is for credit or is not for credit. (See definition of “Full-time employee above).
|Firearm||Any weapon designed, made or adapted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive
or any device readily convertible to that use.
|Handgun||Any firearm with a barrel length of less than twelve inches (12”) that is designed,
made or adapted to be fired with one (1) hand.
|Institution Property||All land, ground, structures, and any other real property owned, operated or controlled
by the University.
|Motor Vehicle||A motor vehicle as defined in T.C.A. § 55-1-103.
|On or About
|Carried concealed on the person or carried concealed in a handbag, briefcase, or other
carrying case that remains within arm’s reach of the person at all times.
|Parking Area||Property provided by the University for the purpose of permitting employees, students,
or invitees to park motor vehicles.
|Possess||Either: (1) to carry or exercise direct physical control over a firearm or other weapon
at a given time; or (2) the power and intention at any given time to exercise control
over a firearm or other weapon. Examples of possessing a firearm or other weapon include,
without limitation, the presence of a firearm or other weapon on or about the person
of the employee or in the employee’s motor vehicle, desk, lunch box, locker, tool
kit, bag, purse, cabinet, or office.
|Student||Any person who is admitted and/or registered for study at a State institution for
the current academic period. This shall include any period of time following admission
and/or registration, but preceding the start of classes for any academic period. It
will also include any period which follows the end of an academic period through the
last day for registration for the succeeding academic period, and during any period
while the student is under suspension from the University.
|A current handgun carry permit issued by the State of Tennessee under T.C.A. §39-17-1351
or issued by another state that has been given reciprocity under T.C.A. §39-17-1351(r).
|Weapon||Firearm; explosive; explosive weapon; bowie knife; hawk bill knife; ice pick; dagger;
slingshot; leaded cane; switchblade knife; blackjack; metal knuckles; razors and razor
blades, except those used solely for personal shaving; any sharp pointed or edged
instrument, except unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation
of food instruction and maintenance; or any other weapon of like kind, not used solely
for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes.
|APSU Registration Form||http://www.apsu.edu/sites/apsu.edu/files/police/APSU_Notification
|APSU Policy 5:011||https://www.apsu.edu/policy/personnel-policy-5011|
APSU Policy 5:003 (previously 1:027) – Rev.: February 2, 2017
APSU Policy 5:003 – Rev.: November 14, 2016
APSU Policy 5:003 – Issued: July 1, 2016
President: signature on file