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University releases new details ahead of July 1 implementation of Campus Self-Defense Act, Campus Conversation planned

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Following Friday’s (April 12) Board of Governors approval of BOG Rule 5.14 — Deadly Weapons, Dangerous Objects and the West Virginia Campus Self-Defense Act — the University is moving into the next phase of the campus carry implementation process.

Passed by the West Virginia Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice in 2023, the Campus Self-Defense Act allows a person to carry a concealed pistol or revolver on the grounds of an institution of higher education, with some exceptions, if that person has a current and valid license to carry a concealed deadly weapon.

The University must comply with the law and BOG Rule 5.14 details what the law will look like in practice on WVU Campuses once it goes into effect on July 1.

Watch a video providing additional information about campus carry at WVU.

To continue the discussion with the University community, a Campus Conversation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday (April 18) via Zoom.

Join the Campus Conversation.

Presenters include:

    • Corey Farris, dean of students and co-chair of the Campus Safety Steering Group,

    • Travis Mollohan, associate vice president for government relations and collaboration, and chair of the Campus Carry Sub-Group

    • Kevin Cimino, deputy general counsel  

Zoom webinar capacity is limited to 1,000 attendees. Overflow viewing will be available via the University’s YouTube channel.

The Campus Conversation will supplement scheduled in-person meetings focused on campus with faculty, staff, students and other University stakeholders.

Read more from Friday’s (April 12) BOG meeting.

Find additional information on the campus carry webpage, part of the Safety and Wellness website.  

New resources include:

Learn more about University Police training opportunities.

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