FIREARMS AND WEAPONS POLICY
Seattle University is committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for the
University community. This policy is a proactive step towards reducing the risk of
injury or death associated with intentional or accidental use of firearms and weapons.
All members of the Seattle University community, including faculty, staff, students and
visitors are prohibited from possessing, discharging, or otherwise using firearms,
explosives or weapons (weapons) on University premises without the expressed
authorization of the Director of Campus Public Safety, whether or not the person has
been issued a federal or state license to possess such weapons.
All members of the Seattle University community are also prohibited from possessing
weapons while working or attending University or University-related events, whether or
not the event is on University premises.
Any person violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action including but not
limited to suspension, expulsion, termination, removal from University premises or
events and/or criminal prosecution.
Suspected violations of this policy should be reported immediately to the Department of
Campus Public Safety at (206) 296-5911.
The following exceptions apply to this policy:
Commissioned law enforcement officers in performance of their official duties.
Military personnel in performance of their official duties.
Armored vehicle guards.
An individual using or possessing a weapon in connection with a scheduled
educational, recreational or training program or activity authorized in writing by
the Director of Campus Public Safety and under the supervision of a University
Additional exceptions to this policy may be requested in writing to the Director of
Campus Public Safety. The Director will review requests on a case-by-case basis
with University Counsel.
Firearm Any device that shoots a bullet, pellet, flare, tranquilizer, dart, or
other projectile, whether loaded or unloaded, including those powered by CO2.
This includes but is not limited to guns, air guns, dart guns, pistols, revolvers,
rifles, shot guns, cannons, and any ammunition for any such device.
Weapon Any device that is designed to or traditionally used to inflict serious
bodily injury. This includes but is not limited to:
Firearms, slingshots, switchblades, daggers, swords, blackjacks,
brass knuckles, bows and arrows, tasers, hand grenades, knives
with blades three (3) inches or longer, nunchucks, and throwing
Any object that could be reasonably construed as a weapon; or
Any object legally controlled as a weapon or treated as a weapon
under the law.
Explosives Any dangerous chemicals, substances, mixtures or compounds
capable of or intended to cause injury to another, or possessed in negligent
disregard for the safety of self and others. This includes but is not limited to
firecrackers, gunpowder and dynamite.