The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees has joined the growing list of Arkansas colleges that have declined to allow staff to carry weapons on campus under Republican Rep. Charlie Collins' legislation in this year's session.
Upon recommendations from the SAU Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and administration, the Board unanimously voted for SAU to opt out of legislation that would allow faculty and staff members with concealed weapons permits to carry handguns on campus. Opting out will be revisited annually, per the legislation.
The law takes effect unless a college governing board takes a vote to opt out. Not all college boards have met since the session ended. But to my knowledge, no college has affirmatively endorsed more guns on campus.
A Facebook friend sent me this list earlier this week of formal opt-out votes he'd compiled:
Arkansas State University - Beebe
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
Arkansas State University -Newport
Black River Technical College
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas
East Arkansas Community College
National Park Community College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas College
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Pulaski Technical College
South Arkansas Community College
Southeast Arkansas College
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Arkansas State University (main campus), Jonesboro
Arkansas Tech University, Russellville
Harding University, Searcy
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia
Hendrix College, Conway
John Brown University, Siloam Springs
Ouachita Baptist University
Philander Smith College, Little Rock
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Fort Smith
University of Arkansas (main campus), Fayetteville
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
University of Central Arkansas, Conway
University of the Ozarks
No one is charged with keeping formal tabs on the law (which strikes me as a bit of a hazy thing in terms of wanting to know what law applies on what campuses).
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