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Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 12:35:21 -0700 (MST) From: News Alert E-Memo <email@example.com> Subject: Important Message: Colorado Court Ruling Regarding Concealed Weapons on Campus
TO: CU-Boulder Faculty, Staff and Students
FROM: Philip P. DiStefano, chancellor
SENDER: Office of the Chancellor
DATE: March 5, 2012
SUBJECT: Important Message: Colorado Court Ruling Regarding Concealed Weapons on Campus
Dear CU community:
Today, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against the University of Colorado
Board of Regents authority to set weapons policies outside of the provisions of
Colorado's 2003 Concealed Carry Act.
In response to this ruling, President Benson issued the following statement:
"We are disappointed the Colorado Supreme Court determined that the Board of
Regents does not, in this instance, have the constitutional and statutory
authority to determine what policies will best promote the health and welfare
of the university's students, faculty, staff and visitors, whose safety is
our top priority. The Board of Regents is in the best position to determine how
we meet that imperative. We will abide by the ruling and determine how it
affects our campuses."
I echo President Benson's statement on the ruling, which means that those
over the age of 21 who possess a valid Colorado Concealed-Carry permit can
carry a weapon anywhere on the CU-Boulder campus. Those under 21 are still
barred from having weapons on campus and we will vigorously enforce this
You should be aware that, of our resident students on campus, only 7% are over
21 and the University of Colorado Police Department (CUPD) estimates that less
than 0.6% of the University faculty, staff and students have a valid
Concealed-Carry Permit (CCP). Further, under current state law, having a CCP
does not allow a person to use his or her weapon to knowingly place or attempt
to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
As always, should you see anyone with a weapon acting in a menacing manner,
please immediately contact CUPD. If any member of our campus community shares a
concern related to weapons on campus, please provide that information to CUPD
immediately by calling dispatch at 303-492-6666. Our on-campus students can
also contact their residence hall director or CUPD at 303-492-6666.
Please know that even as we enforce the law, the safety of our students,
faculty and staff is our top priority.
Philip P. DiStefano, chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder
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