707 - Possession or Carry of Firearms
Legal References: Minnesota State Board Policy 5.21
Responsible Office: Facilities
Responsible Officer: Vice President of Finance and Administration
Reference: Minnesota State Board Policy 5.21
Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to establish restrictions on possession or carry of firearms applicable to the Minnesota State College Southeast (MSCS), in accordance with the Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act of 2003, Minnesota Statutes section 624.714, and other applicable law (see related documents below).
Employee. "Employee" means any individual employed by MSCS including student employees.
Firearm. "Firearm" means a gun, whether loaded or unloaded, that discharges shot or a projectile by means of an explosive, a gas or compressed air.
Pistol. "Pistol" means a weapon as defined in Minnesota Statutes section 624.712, subd. 2 (see related documents below).
Student. "Student" means an individual who is:
- registered to take or is taking one or more courses, classes, or seminars, credit or noncredit, at MSCS; or
- between terms of a continuing course of study, such as summer break between spring and fall academic terms; or
- expelled or suspended from enrollment as a student during the pendency of any adjudication of the student disciplinary action
MSCS property. "MSCS property" means the facilities and land owned, leased, or under the primary control of MSCSE.
Visitor. "Visitor" means any person who is on MSCS property, but does not include (1) an employee of MSCS acting in the course and scope of their employment; or (2) a student, when that student is on MSCS property.
Part 1. Policy
No person is permitted to carry or possess a firearm on MSCS property except as provided in this policy. No vehicle owned, leased, or otherwise under the control of MSCS shall be used to store or carry a firearm, except as authorized for purposes under part 2.B.1.
Subpart A. Employees.
- Prohibition. Employees are prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm while acting in the course and scope of their employment, either on or off MSCS property, regardless of whether the employee has a permit to carry a firearm, except as otherwise provided in this policy.
Subpart B. Students.
Students are prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm while on system property, regardless of whether the student has a permit to carry a firearm, except as otherwise provided in this policy.
Subpart C. Visitors.
Visitors are prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm while on system property, except as otherwise provided in this policy.
Subpart A. Parking areas.
This policy does not prohibit the lawful possession or carry of firearms in a parking area or parking facility.
Subpart B. Authorized uses.
This policy does not prohibit:
- Lawful possession or carry related to an academic use approved in writing by the college President; or
- Transport of an unloaded firearm directly between a parking area or parking facility and the location authorized for its use.
- Possession or carry of a pistol by a visitor who has a lawful permit to carry a pistol pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 624.714, subd. 1a (see related documents below).
- Possession or carry of a firearm by a licensed peace officer under Minnesota Statutes section 626.84, subd.1(c) or by a qualified law enforcement officer pursuant to 18 United States Code section 926B (see related documents below), when possession or carry is otherwise authorized by law.
Nothing in this policy requires MSCS to provide storage facilities for employees' or students' weapons.
Part 2. Procedure
Subpart A. Employee Responsibility.
An employee with a reasonable basis for believing an individual is in possession of or carrying a firearm in violation of this policy has a responsibility to report the suspected act in a timely manner, unless doing so would subject the employee or others to physical harm. This policy shall not prohibit prompt notification to appropriate law enforcement authorities when an immediate threat to personal safety exists. Employees shall not make reports of a suspected violation knowing they are false or in reckless disregard of the truth.
Subpart B. Reports.
Reports should be made to the Director of Security if he/she is present on campus or a MSCS Administrator (President, VP of Finance and Administration, VP of Academic Affairs, VP of Student Affairs, or Director of Human Resources).
Subpart C. Violations.
Violations of this policy by students or employees are misconduct subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion or termination.
Subpart D. Referral to Law Enforcement.
Minnesota State College Southeast may refer suspected violations of law to appropriate law enforcement authorities, and provide access to investigative or other data as permitted by law.
Approved: August 15, 1997
Reviewed: December 28, 2010; October 23, 2013; September 30, 2020
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; September 29, 2008; September 30, 2020