McNeese State University is committed to providing an environment for its faculty, staff, and students that is safe and secure. Pursuant to Louisiana law R.S. 14: 96.6, all universities in the University of Louisiana System are designated firearm-free zones. Consequently, the use, possession, and storage of weapons is strictly prohibited on all property owned or operated by McNeese State University. This policy applies to all McNeese State University faculty, staff, students, contracted employees, and campus visitors.
Any person who wishes to possess a firearm sanctioned by state law and University policies while on school property, school transportation, or at any school sponsored or affiliated function, must first register such weapon with campus police before bringing the firearm on school property, school transportation, or to any school sponsored or affiliated function.
Firearms are defined as any gun, shotgun, rifle, pistol, or handgun designed to fire bullets, BB's, pellets, shot or any projectile regardless of the propellant used.
Other weapons are defined as any instrument that can be utilized to inflict or threaten bodily injury. These include, but are not limited to, knives with fixed blades, pocketknives with blades longer than four inches, swords, metal knuckles, blackjacks, hatchets, bows and arrows, crossbows, nun chahkas, or any explosive or incendiary device.
The following activities are strictly prohibited on all property owned or operated by McNeese State University:
- The unauthorized use, possession, or storage of fireworks, firearms, weapons, and explosives. This includes the storage of such items in vehicles parked on property owned or operated by the University.
- The possession or use of realistic replicas of weapons.
- The use of paint ball equipment, including paint ball guns, except when permitted at authorized University-sponsored events.
- The possession of paint ball guns that resemble actual firearms.
- The possession or use of hazardous chemicals that could pose a health risk. This includes chemicals which, when combined with other substances, could be hazardous or present a danger to others.
This policy does not apply to the following:
- Law enforcement officials duly authorized to carry such weapons.
- Military drills, honor guards, and color guards utilizing facsimile weapons.
- Normal kitchen utensils and cleaning supplies when appropriately used.
Any employee violating this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including termination. Any student violating this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. Any visitor violating this policy will be subject to being barred from campus. All may be subject to criminal prosecution.