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Campus Carry Information

The 84th Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 11, commonly known as the "campus carry" bill. While this law went into effect on August 1, 2016 for universities, it does not go into effect for community colleges until August 1, 2017. At that time, individuals holding a concealed handgun license (CHL) will have the legal right to carry a concealed handgun onto community college campuses; however, they cannot openly carry the handgun. 

Senate Bill 11 requires the president of South Plains College, after consulting with students, staff and faculty, to establish reasonable rules and regulations regarding concealed handguns. These provisions may not generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on campus.

Dr. Robin Satterwhite has appointed a task force to gather input from students, staff and faculty on the reasonable rules that would work for SPC. The names and timeline of this task force will soon be posted on this site.

This page will be an important source of information to the SPC community regarding the work of the the president and his task force.  

Texas Senate Bill 11 allows for the carrying of concealed handguns on Texas public institution campuses by individuals holding a valid Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or License to Carry (LTC). 
SB 11 takes effect on August 1, 2017 for community colleges.
No, campus carry provisions are limited to valid handgun licence holders. To obtain an LTC or CHL, a person must be 21 years old (with the exception of active duty military and police officers), meet state and federal qualifications to own a handgun, and receive training from an LTC instructor that is certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Yes, Senate Bill 11 only makes it legal for LTC holders to carry concealed handguns on campus. South Plains College prohibits possession and use of long-guns and other weapons on campus. 
The President of South Plains College appointed a campus carry task force comprised of SPC students, administrators, faculty and staff members to make recommendations for the policy. The policy was presented by the President to the SPC Board of Regents and was subsequently adopted as board policy on March 9, 2017.

The task force discussed dual credit students at length. The group determined that since they are enrolled in our classes on our campus, we will not be restricting those classrooms.

No, although Texas House Bill 910, known as the "open carry" bill became law in January of 2016, it does not apply to public colleges. Individuals will not be allowed to carry visible handguns at SPC.
At any time your gun is not “on or about” your body, it would need to be secured in a gun safe as prescribed in the SPC policy or in a locked personal vehicle.
It is the law, and as a public college, we must follow the law.
You can find more information at the Texas Department of Public Safety website at www.txdps.state.tx.us.
 
The policy can be found on this page under handouts or just click on this link: Campus Carry Policy
If you see a visible handgun on campus, contact the SPC Campus Police main number at 806-716-2396 and someone will be dispatched to your location. 
 
Authorized permit holders are not required to disclose their concealed carry license status to anyone, other than a law enforcement officer.
South Plains College employees (other than law enforcement officers) may not, under any circumstance, require students, employees or guests to disclose their concealed carry license status.
 
No. All SPC gun-free zones will be designated by the SPC President.
 
Senate Bill 11 states that we "may not establish rules and regulations that would generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting handgun license holders from carrying concealed handguns on campus" and the task force determined restricting license holders from classrooms or offices would not meet this standard.
No. The College will not maintain a list of concealed carry licence holders and this information is not a matter of public record.
  • The law does not expressly state where a weapon needs to be in order to be considered “concealed.” The weapon cannot be in plain view or discernible  by ordinary observation. Further, the weapon must be on the license holder’s person or in close proximity (as to be readily accessible). It can be in a purse or backpack, as long as it is kept in close proximity.
  • A person with a concealed carry permit must conceal the weapon. If a person’s coat opens in the act of raising his or her arm to ask a question, for example, and a handgun can be seen, it is not a violation. A violation would occur when a person knowingly and intentionally displays the handgun in plain view of another person.
Handguns may not be displayed on the SPC campuses. It must be concealed at all times, barring life-threatening emergencies. If you see a handgun on campus, it should be reported to the SPC Police Department so it can be documented and properly investigated. You can reach the SPC Police Department at 806-716-2396 (all campuses).
Yes. If a police officer reasonably believes a safety risk exists, he/she may disarm you. Be courteous and non-confrontational and follow the police officer’s directions.
A weapon may be used in self-defense only as allowed by law. By doing so, the person acting is doing so as a private citizen and not as an authorized agent of South Plains College. 
Do not confront the person; call 911. Help others to escape and run away if you can. Otherwise conceal yourself. Fight back if you have no choice. If you encounter police officers, follow their instructions.
SPC will be conducting training sessions each semester regarding guns on campus. In addition, there are videos available on the MySPC Safety and Health page. VIDEOS 
Exclusion areas:
  • The dome or track during high school or collegiate sporting events.
  • Buildings where UIL sanctioned competition is being held.
  • Board of Regents meetings
  • Conduct hearings
  • Polling locations
  • Where any other official governmental meeting or judicial proceeding is being conducted
  • The Natatorium
Adoption of exclusion for a premise or venue must be reasonably justified. The requester  must provide
evidence that a concealed handgun on that particular premise or venue creates some special danger.
Requests for exclusion must be provided in writing to the Office of the President at least 45 days prior to
the date of the event.
Handgun license holders residing in SPC residence halls will be allowed to possess handguns on the
premise provided that:
a.) Such possession is in compliance at all times with Texas statutory law and these rules; and
b.) The license holder stores his/her handgun(s) in a College-approved gun safe (as defined in section 2e
of the policy) or in a locked personal vehicle.
Students who are assigned to dorm rooms where a firearm is stored and who are concerned about
their well being may request a transfer to another room. Please refer to the College housing contract for
specific provisions concerning possession of firearms in College housing.
When not carried on or about a person, handguns must be in a locked personal vehicle or a locked
gun safe. Guns safes must meet the following requirements: 1) be large enough to fully contain all
firearms placed in it and provide for secure storage; 2) have exterior walls constructed of a minimum 16-
gauge steel or equivalent; 3) have high-strength locking system consisting of a mechanical or electronic
combination or biometric lock, and not a key lock; 4) be certified to/listed as meeting Underwriters
Laboratories Residential Security Container rating standards by a Nationally Recognized Testing
Laboratory (NRTL).

SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE

Campus Carry Task Force

 

Dr. Stan DeMerritt, Vice President for Student Affairs, Chairperson

Ronnie Watkins, Dean of Administrative Services

Kara Martinez, Dean of the SPC Reese Center

Lynne Cleavinger, Director of Health and Wellness

Nick Castillo, Chief of Police

Dane Dewbre, Associate Dean Marketing and Recruitment

Gracie Quinonez, Director of the Plainview Center

Dr. Lance Scott, Associate Professor of Law Enforcement

Jerry Findley, Instructor in Emergency Medical Services, Faculty Senate President

Drew Landry, Assistant Professor of Government

Dr. Erika Warnick, Assistant Professor of Reading

David Etheredge, Professor of Biology

Dr. Joe Kline, Professor of Paralegal Studies

Ed Marsh, Professor of Music

Lourie Winegar, Assistant Professor of Associate Degree Nursing

DeeDee Odorizzi, Director of the Physical Education Complex and Instructor in Physical Education

Delma Salinas, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jaycee Caldwell, Student Government Association President

Jarrott (Jett) Wiggins, Residence Hall Association President

Kathryn Perez, Associate Dean of Students

Timeline

Campus Carry Timeline

(working timeline – subject to revision)

Sept. 30, 2016 – Task Force members named

Oct. 21, 2016 – Task Force 1st meeting

Nov. 11, 2016 – Task Force 2nd meeting – First draft of proposed recommendations reviewed. 

Nov. 15, 2016 - 12:15 - 1:00 - Reese student meeting - RC 304

Nov. 16, 2016 - 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Levelland student meeting - Sundown Room

Nov. 17, 2016 - 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. - Plainview faculty/staff/student meeting - PC 102

Nov. 18, 2016 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Levelland faculty/staff meeting - Sundown Room

Nov. 18, 2016 - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Reese faculty/staff meeting - RC 822 A & B

Nov. 18, 2016 - 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Byron Martin ATC faculty/staff/student meeting - ATC 143

Dec. 9, 2016 – Second draft of policy complete

Jan. 20, 2017 – Final draft complete

Feb. 1, 2017 – Final draft to Dr. Satterwhite

Feb. 9, 2017 – Take recommended policy to Board of Regents

April 13, 2017 – Board approves policy

Aug. 1, 2017 – SB11 becomes effective for SPC

 

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