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Weapons

 

The following information is made available in compliance with Public Law 101-542, the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act. Copies of this information are available. Consult the UCA Student Handbook or contact University Police for more information.

A.C.A. § 5-73-119. Handguns - Possession by minor or possession on school property

Section (a)(3)(A): No person in this state shall possess a handgun upon the property of the publicly supported institutions of higher education in this state on or about his person, in a vehicle occupied by him, or otherwise readily available for use with a purpose to employ it as a weapon against a person.

Section (a)(3)(B): Violation of subdivision (a)(3)(A) shall be a Class D felony.

A.C.A. § 5-73-120. Carrying a Weapon

Section (a): A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he possesses a handgun, knife, or club on or about his person, in a vehicle occupied by him, or otherwise readily available for use with a purpose to employ it as a weapon against a person.

Section (d)(2): Carrying a weapon is a Class A misdemeanor.


Firearm Possession by Students

Any student possessing, storing, or using a firearm or weapon on University Controlled property or at any University sponsored or supervised functions, unless authorized by the University, will be suspended from UCA for a period of not less than three(3) years unless a waiver of the suspension is granted by the President upon the recommendation of the Vice President for Student Affairs. In order to be guilty of violating this policy, a student must have a culpable mental state of negligence or greater as defined in A.C.A. 5-2-202.

The statutory definitions are as follows:

Purposely - A person acts purposely with respect to his conduct or a result thereof when it is his conscious object to engage in conduct of that nature or to cause such a result:

Knowingly - A person acts knowingly with respect to his conduct or the attendant circumstances when he is aware that his conduct is of that nature or that such circumstances exist. A person acts knowingly with respect to a result of his conduct when he is aware that it is practically certain that his conduct will cause such a result.

Recklessly - A person acts recklessly with respect to attendant circumstances or a result of his conduct when he consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur. The risk must be of a nature and degree that disregard thereof constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the actor's situation.

Negligently - A person acts negligently with respect to attendant circumstances or a result of his conduct when he should be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur. The risk must be of such a nature and degree that the actor's failure to perceive it, considering the nature and purpose of his conduct and the circumstances known to him, involves a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the actor's situation.

Firearms Possession by Faculty or Staff

  • The employment of a staff member or non-tenured faculty possessing, storing, or using a firearm on university controlled property or at a university sponsored or supervised functions, unless authorized by the university, will be terminated upon discovery of such activity unless a waiver of the termination is granted by the President upon the recommendation of the vice president for the division in which the non-tenured faculty or staff member is employed.
  • Any tenured faculty member possessing, storing, or using a firearm on university controlled property or at university sponsored functions, unless authorized by the university, will be notified in writing that a second offense will be considered repeated failure to comply with official directives and established university policies within the meaning of the Faculty Handbook and will result in termination of the tenured faculty member, unless a waiver is granted by the President upon recommendation of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Storage of Firearms

Secure storage of firearms is no longer available at the University Police Department, due to the location of the Department on campus and the fact that transport of such weapons would violate A.C.A. § 5-73-119, stated above.

Enforcement

The University Police Department is responsible for enforcing all firearms statutes of the State of Arkansas and policies of the University of Central Arkansas on properties owned or controlled by the University of Central Arkansas. Persons violating the provisions of the Arkansas state law or the regulations of the University of Central Arkansas are subject to arrest and prosecution in municipal or circuit court, and to campus disciplinary action.