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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.
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.
Letter sent to all faculty, staff and students on October 31, 2016.
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
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