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Weapons Policy

Policy Statement: Possession of a dangerous weapon is prohibited on property owned by or under the control of the University of Maine at Presque Isle (University) and at off-campus activities sponsored by the University. Weapons and ammunition are potential safety hazards. Possession, use or display of weapons, or ammunition is inappropriate in an academic community for any reason other than protection of University employees, faculty, students and members of the public invited on campus as allowed by law, Board of Trustees policies and policies of the University of Maine System.

No weapons or ammunition shall be worn, displayed, used or possessed on campus.

Any member of the University community who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the University.

Any person who is not a member of the University community who violates this policy shall be subject to all appropriate procedures and penalties including, but not limited to, the application of the criminal trespass provisions of the law of the State of Maine.

Weapons may be stored on campus under the control of the Coordinator of Security and Safety and in accordance with the Firearms Storage Policy.

Definitions of Weapons and Ammunition

A weapon is defined as: An instrument of offensive or defensive combat or something to fight with, and is generally any device capable of projecting a ball, pellet, arrow, bullet, missile, shell or other material. This shall include, but not limited to firearms, bows, arrows, swords, rockets, sling shots, air guns and martial arts devices.

Ammunition is defined as: Any material capable of being projected by a weapon and makes the weapon operational.

Exemptions

Any exception must be approved by the Coordinator of Security and Safety (Coordinator) and shall be subject to such terms and conditions as the Coordinator deems reasonable.

The Coordinator may grant permission in writing to an individual to possess a weapon or ammunition on campus for instructional purposes only and under conditions as
established by the Coordinator in accordance with Maine State Law.

All currently licensed, full-time law enforcement officers are exempt from this policy.

Implementation Responsibility: Coordinator of Security and Safety

Effective: revised - November 2002