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Volume 52, Issue 2

December 12, 2008

Statement Regarding CU Board of Regents Policy on Weapons

Dec. 11, 2008

The core mission of the University of Colorado is to educate students and maintain a safe
learning and working environment for our students, faculty and staff.

Police chiefs at CU and the vast majority at universities and colleges across the country believe that allowing weapons on campuses is a bad idea.

The University of Colorado is a three-campus system with four locations: the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the University of Colorado Denver’s downtown Denver campus and Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

More than 55,000 undergraduate and graduate students are pursuing academic opportunities on CU campuses. CU is a premier teaching and research university, and is ranked sixth among public institutions in federal research expenditures by the National Science Foundation. Academic prestige is marked by the university’s four Nobel laureates, seven MacArthur “genius” Fellows, 18 alumni astronauts and 19 Rhodes
Scholars. For more information about all of the CU campuses, go to www.cu.edu.

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This statement is also available to download as a PDF.

Weapons Statement PDF

 

Notes:

• Our core mission is to educate students and maintain a safe learning and working environment for our students, faculty and staff.

• Since 1970, the Board of Regents has had a policy prohibiting weapons on our campuses.

• The board has heard from a student advocating a change in the board’s policy and had a discussion on this issue, but has no plans to change its policy.

• While this lawsuit is specifically about firearms, it’s more broadly about the CU Board of Regents’ authority to govern our campuses as outlined in the Colorado Constitution.

• We asked for a formal opinion from the Colorado Attorney General in 2003, who determined that the regents’ policy is a valid exercise of governance that is not trumped by the state concealed carry statute.

• We haven’t seen this lawsuit, but we believe our policy has served the university community well.

• Police chiefs at CU and the vast majority at universities and colleges across the country believe that allowing weapons on campuses is a bad idea.


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