As the August 1 deadline approaches for Texas community colleges to comply with state law permitting guns on campuses, Austin Community College is developing campus carry policies and inviting the college community to provide input.
ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard M. Rhodes has appointed a Campus Carry Implementation Task Force to recommend policies and procedures for implementing the law (Texas Senate Bill 11), which was passed in June 2015. It became effective last year for four-year institutions.
The Campus Carry Implementation Task Force comprises representatives from each ACC campus and various college constituencies (see Task Force members). It is meeting throughout the spring and will host Campus Forums to share information and provide opportunities for feedback. Dates, locations, and times of forums will be announced soon. The forums also will be livestreamed for online viewing.
ACC Police Chief Lynn Dixon, who chairs the task force, says the group is looking at policies adopted by universities, those proposed by peer community colleges, and legal opinions issued by the Texas attorney general.
“We are tasked with keeping our community as safe as possible when campus carry becomes a reality,” he says. “The first step toward implementing the right policies is to help people understand the law — what it allows, and what it doesn’t — and to provide opportunities for our community to be engaged in the process.”