WSR 17-19-010
[Filed September 7, 2017, 11:28 a.m., effective September 7, 2017, 11:28 a.m.]
Effective Date of Rule: Immediately upon filing.
Purpose: This filing replaces an emergency rule filed on June 12, 2017 (WSR 17-13-021), with a more narrowly constructed emergency rule regulating certain weapons on campus, on college-owned property, and at college-sponsored events.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: New WAC 174-136-043.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.40.120.
Under RCW 34.05.350 the agency for good cause finds that immediate adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety, or general welfare, and that observing the time requirements of notice and opportunity to comment upon adoption of a permanent rule would be contrary to the public interest.
Reasons for this Finding: The Evergreen State College has experienced disruption including harassing, intimidating and threatening behavior directed at members of the campus community. Some individuals have obstructed law enforcement representatives who had responded and were attempting to verify individuals' safety. College operations were suspended for two and a half days based on threats that included a threat to shoot people on campus. Recent violence at the University of Virginia and the University of California Berkeley, along with a recent threat received by the college, further demonstrate that immediate prohibition of weapons is a necessary step to providing for safety on campus and at college-sponsored events.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.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 7, 2017.
John Carmichael
Rules Coordinator
WAC 174-136-043 Weapons 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) Dagger, sword, weapon replica, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument with a blade longer than three inches, club, bat, or 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 either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.
(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.