Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our University of Kansas community. It requires that we work together and do all we can to ensure every KU community member, visitor and guest understands the state's Personal and Family Protection Act and the KU weapons policy, as well as how the policy is implemented on our various campuses.
The university exemption from the Personal and Family Protection Act expired on July 1, 2017. The transition allows concealed carrying of handguns into most state and municipal buildings - a change welcomed by some and disliked by others. Safety is a chief motivation for people who choose to lawfully carry a concealed weapon. Likewise, safety is a top concern of individuals who prefer guns not be allowed on college campuses. KU leadership is committed to this shared goal of students, employees, university affiliates, and visitors, and to respecting the right of individuals to carry a handgun as permitted by Kansas state law.
Forums, meetings and messages in advance of this transition revealed significant concern and some confusion surrounding concealed carry at KU. This website provides content that can help dispel confusion as well as point individuals to helpful resources.
Perspective & Perception
A simple review of numbers at KU can help provide context.
Because the Kansas law only allows concealed carry by individuals 21 and over and federal regulation bars individuals with nonimmigrant visas from possessing firearms, a significant portion of the student population will be ineligible to carry a concealed handgun:
- 59 percent of undergraduate students on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses are younger than 21
- 9.2 percent of KU Lawrence and Edwards students are international students
In addition, Surveys conducted during 2015 indicate the majority of KU faculty and staff respondents (82 percent) do not want firearms on campus and, by extension, may be unlikely to carry.
In KU’s residence halls, only 8 percent of residents are 21 or older, and the vast majority of those age-eligible students, 85 percent, live in Jayhawker Towers. Here's another way to view this:
- Fewer than 400 students and staff living in KU’s residence halls are 21 and older.
- Roughly 330 of the age-eligible students live in Jayhawker Towers.
Below are a series of information pages tailored to specific audiences that provide a quick overview of the university's policy, and its implementation on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses.
A Message From Interim Provost Carl Lejuez
Nov. 1, 2019