Student Handbook - WEAPONS

The possession of, use or storage of any firearm, ammunition, explosive device (including fireworks), or other deadly weapon in any form is prohibited on any Xavier University property or in a facility or on any property owned, leased, or operated by the University, except by authorized law enforcement personnel. See for the complete policy.

"Weapons" include, but are not limited to, martial arts weapons, knives (other than those necessary for cooking or approved University activities), bows and arrows, air guns, shot guns, BB guns, paintball guns, rifles, pistols and any other type of deadly weapon, or weapons that can cause bodily harm. In accordance with section 2923.126 (C-3) of the Ohio Revised Code, Xavier University has the authority to post a sign in a conspicuous location "prohibiting persons from carrying firearms or concealed firearms" onto campus. "A person who knowingly violates a posted prohibition of that nature is guilty of criminal trespass in violation of division (A) (4) of section 2911.21 of the Revised Code and is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree."

All unauthorized weapons shall be seized by the XUPD and held for safekeeping pursuant to established departmental procedures, or turned over to the local police/fire department for disposal. Weapons seized from individuals who are duly licensed to carry concealed weapons pursuant to section 2923.125 or 2923.1213 of the Ohio Revised Code may, in the discretion of the XUPD, be returned to said individual upon request and proof that their permit to carry license/permit is valid. Returns shall be made at the XUPD under strict safety guidelines. Any student determined to have violated this policy is subject to disciplinary action via the Student Conduct Process. If the guest(s) of a Xavier student is found in violation of the Weapon's Policy, they will be subject to criminal charges, and other requirements (e.g., banned from campus) will be imposed. Additionally, the student who hosted the non-Xavier guest(s) may be held responsible for the actions of that guest(s) through the University's Student Conduct Process.