THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE
[Filed September 14, 2018, 7:51 a.m., effective October 15, 2018]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Over the past few years, the college has noted shootings, including mass shootings, on college campuses in Washington state, Oregon, and around the country. On June 1, 2017, a caller threatened to commit a mass shooting on Evergreen's campus, resulting in the emergency evacuation and closure of the campus. The college and college employees continued to receive threats over several weeks following that closure. In response to these events, the college reviewed policies regarding weapons on campus. College policy regulated the possession of weapons by students and employees. No rule existed to regulate possession of weapons generally. Most college campuses have such a rule. The adopted rule is narrowly tailored to provide a safe learning environment on college property and at college events.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: New WAC 174-136-043.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 18-06-053 on March 2, 2018.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: September 14, 2018.
WAC 174-136-043Weapons prohibited.
(1) Possession, display, storage, wearing, or use of firearms, explosives (including fireworks), dangerous chemicals or other weapons are prohibited on the college campus, college-owned property, college-approved housing, and at college-sponsored events, unless prior written approval has been obtained consistent with subsection (6) of this section.
(2) Firearm means a weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder, whether loaded or unloaded.
(3) Weapon includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Any weapon that it is unlawful to possess under Washington law including, but not limited to, slungshot, sand club, metal knuckles, or spring blade knife;
(b) Stun guns, electroshock weapons, longbows, hunting bows, throwing weapons, air guns, pellet guns, paint ball guns, or other pneumatic propellant;
(c) Any other object or instrument apparently capable of producing bodily harm that is carried, exhibited, displayed or drawn in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons including, but not limited to, daggers, swords, weapon replicas, knives or other cutting or stabbing instruments with blades longer than three inches, clubs, or bats.
(4) Possession of a valid concealed pistol license authorized by the state of Washington is not an exemption under this section. However, nothing in this section shall prevent an individual holding a valid concealed pistol license from securing their pistol in a vehicle as authorized under RCW 9.41.050
, provided the vehicle is locked and the weapon is concealed from view; or securing their pistol with Evergreen police services under subsection (6) of this section.
(5) Individuals authorized to carry firearms or other weapons on the college campus, college-owned property, college-approved housing, and at college-sponsored events include, but are not limited to:
(a) Bank-related security personnel required by their office to carry such firearms or weapons;
(b) Duly appointed and commissioned law enforcement officers in the state of Washington, or commissioned by agencies of the United States government while on duty and engaged in their regular duties. A law enforcement agent must notify Evergreen police services of their presence on campus on arrival.
(6) Individuals seeking to bring a firearm or other weapon onto campus, college-owned property, or a college-sponsored event for display or demonstration purposes directly related to a legitimate pedagogical and/or other authorized or educational activity, must obtain prior written authorization from Evergreen police services, or any other person designated by the president of the college. Evergreen police services, or authorized designees, will review any such request and, if it is granted, may establish conditions to the authorization. If the request is denied, the requestor will be informed of the available appeal process, if any.
Other than individuals referenced in subsection (5) of this section, individuals who bring firearms or other weapons to campus must immediately place the firearms or weapons in the college provided storage facility. The storage facility is located at Evergreen police services.
Weapons that are owned by the college for use in organized recreational activities or by special groups, such as college-sponsored clubs or teams, must be stored in a location approved by the Evergreen police services. These weapons must be checked out by the advisor or coach and are to be used only in organized recreational activities or by legitimate members of the club or team in the normal course of the club or team's related activity.
Individuals may possess a personal protection spray device, as authorized by RCW 9.91.160
, when possessed and/or used for self-defense while on college-owned property.
(7) Violations of the subsections of this section are subject to appropriate disciplinary or legal action including, but not limited to, exclusion from campus or expulsion.