Friday, May 17, 2013

Kutztown University Lifts Partial Ban on Civil Rights

Effective 19 April 2013, Kutztown University has amended their campus firearms policy.  The new policy states:
"The possession or carrying of any deadly or offensive weapon by any person is prohibited in Kutztown University academic buildings, administrative buildings, student residence halls (both university owned or leased), dining facilities, student union buildings, athletic facilities, recreation centers, or while attending a sporting, entertainment or educational  event on the university property or sponsored by the university. Entry upon university  property in violation of this prohibition is expressly forbidden and will result in the  individual being directed to remove the weapon immediately from university property or sponsored event. Failure to comply with such directives may result in further disciplinary action for students and employees."

The old policy:

"Possession or use of firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals on university premises is prohibited. Unauthorized items include but are not limited to: firearms of any kind including pellet and BB devices, ammunition, air powered projectile devices, knives with blades longer than four (4) inches, switchblades of any kind, chemicals, fireworks, any item which has been modified or adapted so that it can be used as a weapon or any item which has been used as a weapon, or any other dangerous weapons."

It would appear as though the policy still disarms lawful citizens in the housing they rent from Kutztown, in University buildings, and other structures but would allow them to maintain their rights in some circumstances.

It does create a bit of a paradox for students living in rented campus housing.  There are areas where you can carry, but you cannot store your firearm in your residence.  That may be why they inserted a provision that allows Kutztown to review requests for full restoration of rights on a "case-by-case" basis.

While students still must surrender some of their rights to attend school at Kutztown, decriminalizing lawful conduct like this is a step in the right direction.

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