Firearms and Weapons Policy
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All members of the college community, including faculty,
staff, and students, as well as visitors to Dickinson College, are prohibited
from possessing ﬁrearms, explosives or weapons (hereafter collectively referred
to as “weapons”) on the premises of the college or in any building under
college control or at any college– sponsored event without the explicit
authorization of Dickinson College, whether or not a federal or state license
to possess the same has been issued to the possessor.
The only exceptions to this policy are as follows:
- Commissioned law enforcement ofﬁcers to the
extent they are legally permitted to possess weapons in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, Carlisle Borough;
- Persons in the military in performance of their
ofﬁcial duties to the extent they are legally permitted to possess weapons in
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Carlisle Borough; and
- Faculty or staff legally permitted to possess
weapons in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Carlisle Borough, may do so on
college property only to the extent that such possession is necessary as part
of an academic or research activity. Such use must have received prior written
approval by the Chief, Department of Public Safety.
- College sanctioned groups or events where a
particular weapon(s) is a required part of the curriculum or activity, i.e.
martial arts classes/clubs; fencing classes/clubs; theatrical events, etc. Such
use must have received prior written approval by the Chief, Department of
Anyone possessing a weapon other than those in the exception
categories will be asked to remove them from the campus or event immediately. They
may also be subject to arrest and/or disciplinary action as discussed below. Exceptions
to this policy may be requested in writing to the Chief, Department of Public
Safety. The Chief will review the request with the Vice President for Campus
Operations and General Counsel. Only under the most unusual circumstance would
an exception be granted. Questions about the applicability of this policy to
speciﬁc items may also be directed to the Chief, Department of Public Safety.
Any student, faculty or staff member violating this policy
shall be subject to the disciplinary policies and procedures applicable to
students, faculty or staff. Additionally, possession of unlicensed ﬁrearms or
weapons may lead to criminal prosecution by the appropriate jurisdiction.
Firearm - Any device that shoots a bullet,
pellet, ﬂare, tranquilizer, spear dart, paintball or other projectile, whether
loaded or unloaded, including those powered by CO2. This includes, but is not
limited to, guns, air guns, dart guns, pistols, revolvers, riﬂes, cannons,
etc., and any ammunition for any such device.
Weapon - Any device that is designed to or
traditionally used to inﬂict harm. This includes, but is not limited to: (1)
ﬁrearms, slingshots, switchblades, daggers, blackjacks, brass knuckles, bows
and arrows, hand grenades, hunting knives, nun-chucks, throwing stars, etc.;
(2) any object that could be reasonably construed as a weapon; or (3) any object
legally controlled as a weapon or treated as a weapon under the laws of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Explosives - Any chemical compound or mechanical
mixture that contains any oxidizing and combustible units, or other
ingredients, in such proportion, quantities or packing that an ignition by ﬁre,
friction, concussion, percussion, or detonator, or any part of the compound or
mixture, gaseous pressures capable of producing destructive efforts on
contiguous objects or of destroying life or limb. This includes, but is not
limited to, ﬁrecrackers, black powder, dynamite, etc. as well as detonating
devices such as detonators, blasting caps, timers, incendiary wire and the