Following an incident on October 7, involving the use or possession of a “gun” on campus, many Badgers have questioned the laws and regulations that Snow has in reference to firearms and weapons.
The published Snow College campus policy for students and faculty with regards firearms and dangerous weapons would be considered exceptionally difficult to find for some. The one sentence phrase mentions, “The use or possession of firearms is prohibited on campus and in campus housing except as specifically authorized by statute.” Statute exceptions are undefined in the policy and at the time of publishing this article, most are uninformed as to those detailed “authorizations”.
The reference to “dangerous weapons” isn’t any more clear. It can be misinterpreted or misunderstood in many ways. What qualifies as a dangerous weapon? Who makes the final determination as to whether one is in possession of a dangerous weapon or a controversial object; especially in a small rural town where carrying and displaying your pocket-knife is routine? What crosses that line and what are the ramifications for those who violate this directive?
These statements may be purposely and generally vague due to the fact that Snow College is a “concealed carry campus”. The other “statute(s)” aren’t specified, but the State of Utah reserves the authority to regulate the possession and carrying of firearms in higher education institutions. (See Utah legislature 53B-3-103)
While this may not be very comforting for some students, Snow has instituted regulations and security measures to protect students. Two 911 boxes on campus, located outside the Lucy Phillips building along with another outside the Social Science building, are to be used in case of emergency and are a direct line to emergency authorities.
Students are encouraged to report anything suspicious and/or dangerous on campus to protect the safety of all. However, not all situations are considered emergencies and may not need to be disclosed to the proper authorities. Cases taken out of context can cause confusion among law enforcement that endangers students and creates unnecessary panic.