How the law applies to our campuses
The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus is obliged to follow the law allowing individuals with valid government-issued permits to carry a concealed handgun. The following Questions & Answers are offered as additional clarification on how the law applies to our campus locations.
Q: What must a person do to obtain a concealed carry permit?
A permit to carry a concealed weapon may be obtained through the sheriff of the county in which you live. Individuals must meet certain requirements to qualify for the permit. [C.R.S. 18-12-203] Consult your local Sheriff’s Department for more information obtaining a permit. The permit and a valid photo identification must be carried with the handgun at all times.The law does not define what concealed means, but permit holders must make a reasonable attempt to keep the concealed weapon from view.
Q: What weapons are covered under the concealed carry permit?
Only handguns are covered by the statute. A handgun is a pistol, revolver, or other firearm the length of the barrel which, not including any revolving, detachable, or magazine breech, does not exceed twelve inches. Other weapons – rifles, semi-automatic weapons, knives and other edged weapons – are not permitted on campus.
Q: Who has the authority to ask an employee or student who is carrying a concealed weapon if he or she has the appropriate permit?
Anyone is permitted to ask, but the individual asked is not required to reply unless asked by a police officer.
Q: What responsibility does a concealed carry permit holder have to keep his or her weapon absolutely concealed? Are they violating the terms of their permit if someone gets a glimpse of their weapon?
A person with a concealed carry permit must take reasonable measures to conceal the weapon. For example, if a person’s coat opens in the act of raising his or her arm to ask a question and a gun can be seen, it is not a violation. A violation would be a person taking a gun out of concealment or otherwise displaying it.
Q: Can a student who legally possesses a concealed handgun be excluded from the classroom on the grounds that the student’s presence and his or her concealed weapon creates a class disruption?
No. The mere act of carrying a handgun (with a concealed carry permit as authorized by law) is not in and of itself a disruption of class activity. Concealed carry permit holders should not be excluded from class under any supposition that their presence alone is a “disruption.” Another person’s adverse reaction to someone carrying a handgun in accordance with the concealed carry act is not grounds to eject the permit-holder from the classroom.
Q: Can faculty ask a student who holds a concealed carry permit to report that status to them?
While faculty can ask a student who has a concealed carry weapon permit to report that status to them, or place in a course syllabus the request that students report this status to them, students are not required to provide this information to any faculty member. Any voluntary reporting of concealed carry permit status by a student to a faculty member should be done privately. Faculty should not, under any circumstances, coerce students into complying with their requests or pressure them provide information regarding a valid permit or concealed weapon.
Q: Can staff or student employees bring a concealed weapon to any service office, public venue or elsewhere on campus?
Yes, if they have a valid concealed carry permit and the weapon is carried in accordance with the law, i.e., concealed.
Q: Can a supervisor request a list of employees who have received a concealed carry permit?
No. This information is not public record.
Q: Are there certain areas of the campus where, due to the nature of the work and/or workspace, an employee or student would be prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon (e.g. lab with flammable chemicals, daycare centers, offices and treatment facilities such as where counseling services are provided?
No. There are no exclusions under the statute for those who have a concealed carry permit. CU employees in these areas who have clients that hold concealed carry permits are free to ask their clients not to bring weapons into these environments, however, provision of care and resources cannot be conditioned upon compliance with the request, nor can the request be made in a coercive manner. Clients are also free to decline the request.
Q: Under what circumstances can a supervisor tell employees they cannot bring a concealed weapon into the office?
There are no circumstances in which such a demand would be permitted. Appointing authorities and supervisors may ask all employees to voluntarily not bring legal concealed carry weapons into the workplace, but they cannot require it or otherwise coerce their employee(s) to comply with the request.
Q: Can employees bring a concealed weapon to a meeting (e.g. staff meetings, disciplinary meetings, performance coaching and evaluation meetings, trainings, campus resource consultations, interviews)?
Yes, if the employee has a valid concealed carry permit and the weapon is carried in accordance with the law, i.e., concealed. For assistance in any situation of concern, such as a performance review, please contact the Office of Human Resources.
Q: Are there any exceptions?
Q: If I see someone carrying a weapon on campus, should I call the police?
Yes, the safest course of action is to call the University of Colorado Police or Auraria Campus Police call 911 from any campus phone, from your cell phone on the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver dial 303-556-5000 and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora 303-724-4444. Campus police will respond and make contact with an individual to determine if that person has a concealed carry permit and is carrying a weapon legitimately or displaying it illegally. All concealed carry permit holders are required to carry their permits on their person if they are also carrying their weapon.
Colleagues on the Anschutz Medical Campus:
The University of Colorado Hospital currently is reviewing its weapons policy and how the recent Supreme Court ruling might apply to the hospital.
As a private entity, this law does not apply to Childrens’ Hospital Colorado.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPS-CBIMain/CBON/1251622199820
Colorado State Patrol: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/StatePatrol-Main/CBON/1251594549010
Colorado Attorney General: http://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/consumer_resource_guide/common_legal_questions#concealed_weapons