A Message on Campus Carry from San Jacinto College Chief of Police Bruce L. Caldwell
Dear San Jacinto College students, faculty, staff and community members,
At San Jacinto College, safety is a priority for our students, our faculty and staff, and our visitors. On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, the Campus Carry law will go into effect for Texas community colleges, including San Jacinto College. This will allow license to carry holders to generally carry concealed handguns at San Jacinto College and other public community colleges in Texas. San Jacinto College leadership has been working closely with stakeholders to develop policy and procedures for this new law, as well as to determine how the law will be implemented across the College district.
We understand that individuals may have different opinions, views and questions about the law. We have created a website – sanjac.edu/campus-carry – to address some of those points. As we approach the implementation date, I would like to emphasize a few important points:
- The open carry of handguns on campus is prohibited. If an individual is seen open carrying a handgun on a San Jacinto College campus, please notify the San Jacinto College police department at 281-476-9128.
- License to carry holders must carry their handguns on or about their person or secure their handgun in a locked motor vehicle at all times while on campus. San Jacinto College does not provide any storage for handguns.
- There are areas designated as exclusion zones on each San Jacinto College campus. The concealed carry of handguns is prohibited in these designated exclusion zones. These areas will be clearly marked by signage notifying license to carry holders that entry with a concealed handgun is prohibited.
I encourage you to visit our website – sanjac.edu/campus-carry – for more information including the San Jacinto College policy, a video and frequently asked questions. Should you have questions that the website does not answer, please contact the San Jacinto College Police Department.
I sincerely appreciate the cooperation of our students, faculty, staff and community members as we work to implement the new law. I look forward to seeing you on campus this fall.
Bruce L. Caldwell
San Jacinto College Chief of Police