Firearms and Weapons Policy

USF is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment that supports the academic mission of the university. According to the Fogcutter Student Handbook as well as the Workplace Violence Prevention Policy, members of the USF community, including students, faculty, staff, as well as visitors to any USF campus location, are prohibited from possessing firearms, explosives, weapons, or any item that may be construed as such, on the premises of the university or in any building under university control. This prohibition applies regardless of whether a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor. Carrying, possessing, etc., is defined as the violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices or other deadly weapons. This classification encompasses weapons offenses that are regulatory in nature. There are some limited exceptions to this policy; for example certified and licensed law enforcement personnel who are authorized to carry a firearm are permitted to do so while on USF property.