As many of you are already aware, a bill passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year will permit concealed handguns on Texas public university campuses, effective Aug. 1, 2016.
University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven directed each of the UT System institutions to establish campus-specific policies for implementing the law, and UTMB’s Campus Carry Committee — which includes faculty, staff, student and community representatives — has been working over the last three months to develop recommendations based on input from the university community. This was accomplished through a Town Hall meeting, several small-group meetings on the Galveston Campus with various stakeholders, and suggestions submitted to the Campus Carry website. The committee has completed its report and draft recommendations, which are based on the nature of our student and patient population, specific safety considerations, and the uniqueness of our campus environments.
The committee report, including its draft list of recommended handgun exclusion zones, may now be viewed on the Campus Carry website (http://www.utmb.edu/campus-carry). I will be reviewing the recommendations and making my final report on behalf of UTMB to Chancellor McRaven in the coming weeks. The plan is subject to review by the UT System Board of Regents before the law is implemented.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Campus Carry Committee for their efforts to listen to the university community and develop a comprehensive set of recommendations to guide UTMB in safely implementing the new law. I also want to thank everyone who provided input during this process. The respectful discussions of differing viewpoints were greatly appreciated.
Dr. David L. Callender