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Weapons Regulation

  • Responsible Office: VCU Police, Division of Administration
  • Current Approved Version: 06/06/2018
  • Policy Type: Board of Visitors

Virginia Administrative Code

8VAC90-60-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Police officer" means a law-enforcement official appointed pursuant to Article 3 (§ 15.2-1609 et seq.) of Chapter 16 and Chapter 17 (§ 15.2-1700 et seq.) of Title 15.2, Article 3 (§ 23.1-809 et seq.) of Chapter 8 Title 23.1, Chapter 2 (§ 29.1-200 et seq.) of Title 29.1, and Chapter 1 (§ 52-1 et seq.) of Title 52 of the Code of Virginia and sworn federal law-enforcement officers.

"University property" means any property owned, leased, or controlled by Virginia Commonwealth University.

"Weapon" means (i) any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind; (ii) any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, razor slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, blackjack; (iii) any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; or (iv) any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades that is designed to be thrown or propelled and that may be known as throwing star or oriental dart.

8VAC90-60-20. Possession of weapons prohibited.

Possession or carrying of any weapon by any person, except a police officer, is prohibited on university property in academic buildings, administrative office buildings, medical venues, clinics, laboratories, research facilities, student residence buildings, and dining facilities; or while attending sporting, entertainment, or educational events. Entry upon the aforementioned university property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden.

8VAC90-60-30. Person lawfully in charge.

In addition to individuals authorized by university policy, Virginia Commonwealth University police officers are lawfully in charge for the purposes of forbidding entry upon or remaining upon university property while possessing or carrying weapons in violation of this prohibition.

Please see this regulation at the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website located at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewBoard.cfm?BoardID=107

Any questions concerning the interpretation of this policy should be directed to VCU Police at 804-828- 1196.

Any questions related to the difference between a regulation and a university policy should be directed to the Integrity and Compliance Office at policy@vcu.edu or 804-828-2336.