The University of Dallas announced today that it will continue its current policy of prohibiting weapons on campus in Irving and has notified students, faculty and staff that it will opt out of the state campus carry law.
The law, which becomes effective Aug. 1, includes a provision allowing private universities to opt out after consulting with their students, faculty and staff.
“Because the safety of University of Dallas faculty, staff and students is my highest priority, I have decided, with Board of Trustees support, to continue our current weapons policy by opting out of the ‘campus carry’ legislation,” President Thomas W. Keefe said in a news release. “My decision, which will maintain a gun-free campus, was based on a significant amount of thoughtful feedback from the most affected internal constituents.”
The University of Dallas, which is an independent Catholic campus, recently completed a consultation process as described in the law to gather student, faculty and staff input. The decision places the university among the vast majority of other private colleges and universities in Texas opting out of campus carry.
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