Firearms and Other Weapons Policy

John Carroll University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of violence. This commitment includes eliminating recognized hazards from the campus community that might contribute to violence or serious harm.

It is the policy of John Carroll University, that any student, and any other person (“Person”) while on University property, is prohibited from introducing, possessing, using, buying, selling, carrying, or displaying any weapon or replica. Weapons are defined as any device or substance that is designed, used, or likely to be used to cause bodily harm, or property damage. Firearms are defined as any gun, rifle, pistol, handgun or device designed to fire bullets, BBs, pellets, or shots (including paint balls), or other projectiles, regardless of the propellant used. Other weapons include but are not limited to taser/stun guns, knives with fixed blades, switchblades, spring-loaded knives, pocket knives with blades longer than 2 ΒΌ inches, any item including kitchen utensils used for an inappropriate purpose, martial arts weapons, bows and arrows of any type, swords, brass knuckles, sling shots, explosives, or incendiary devices. This policy also covers any other items deemed by John Carroll Police Department to be dangerous, including hazardous chemical or biological material of any sort. Also included are displays/collections of the above named items, ornamental weapons and ornamental ammunition.

Any prohibited items are subject to confiscation and permanent forfeiture without any expectation of return or reimbursement.

Any Person who becomes aware of a violation of this policy has a duty to immediately notify the JCUPD (216-397-1234).

Failure to adhere to this policy is considered a serious matter. JCUPD will investigate all violations and refer to the appropriate University department or external agency all information necessary for enforcement and resolution.

The above prohibition applies regardless of whether the Person has a valid state permit to carry a firearm.

The following firearms and other weapons are excluded from this prohibition:

  1. A firearm or other weapon in the possession of an on-duty law enforcement officer, duly authorized to carry the firearm or other weapon by their employing law enforcement agency, and acting on behalf of and within the scope of their official duties with such agency while on campus or at a University directed activity.
  2. A firearm or other weapon in the possession of a campus ROTC member when part of an official ROTC function, when authorized by a professor of Military Science and after notification of the Director of JCUPD.
  3. A firearm or other weapon in the possession of a person who has received prior written authorization from the Director of JCUPD.

As with our other conduct policies, John Carroll students are responsible for the behavior of any guest they have on campus. John Carroll students will be held accountable through the Student Conduct Process if their guests violate this policy. If you have any questions contact the Director of JCUPD.