General Information on Campus Carry
On June 1, 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 11 (S.B. 11), also known as the "campus carry" law. S.B. 11, which is codified in section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code, provides that persons licensed to carry a handgun in Texas may carry a concealed handgun on university campuses. The law gives public universities some discretion to regulate campus carry.
The University of Texas at Austin takes issues surrounding guns on campus very seriously and has adopted rules and regulations governing campus carry that conform to Texas law, protect the rights of citizens and ensure the safety and security of the entire campus.
S.B. 11 provides that after consulting with students, staff and faculty regarding "the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations and the uniqueness of the campus environment," a university may enact reasonable rules and regulations regarding:
carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on campus; and
storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential facilities
The law stipulates, however, that these rules and regulations may not either "generally prohibit" or "have the effect of generally prohibiting" license holders from carrying concealed handguns on campus.
UT Austin’s rules and regulations governing campus carry are set forth in the university Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP 8-1060). Under S.B. 11, individuals who are licensed to carry may carry concealed handguns on campus premises except in locations and at activities prohibited by law or as specified in HOP 8-1060.
Safety Is Our Top Priority
The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing a safe environment for students, employees, university affiliates, and visitors, and to respecting the right of individuals who are licensed to carry a handgun as permitted by Texas law. UT Austin is obliged to follow Texas law to the letter and is not at liberty to enact policies or provisions that violate it. Any changes to the law must come through the state legislative process.
Individuals who hold a license to carry are eligible to carry a concealed handgun on campus. License holders must be 21 or older and must clear eligibility requirements related to criminal background, mental health history, and substance abuse issues. Learn more about eligibility on the Department of Public Safety website.
Campus Carry: The Basics
A presentation about UT’s Campus Carry Policy, including common definitions, examples, resources and moreView Slides
Campus Carry Appeals Process
The process for faculty, staff and students to appeal the implementation of the president’s policies by the Campus Carry Implementation Task Force (CCITF)Read more about the appeals process
Campus Carry FAQs
Frequently asked questions regarding policy implementation, exclusion zones, safety and moreRead our Campus Carry FAQs
2020 Report to the Legislature
Report submitted to the Legislature detailing UT’s Campus Carry Policy as required by Senate Bill 11