By CS Staff · May 10, 2017
Cedarville University in Ohio has approved a concealed carry policy to allow faculty and staff members to bring handguns on campus.
With the new policy, which takes effect August 1, Cedarville became the first college in the state to adopt a concealed carry policy, reports the Dayton Daily News.
The policy stipulates employees must be full-time and complete an application process prior to bringing guns on campus.
Cedarville President Thomas White said university officials studied other college’s concealed carry policies before crafting their own.
Officials also surveyed students, faculty and staff about the prospect of guns on campus and held a town hall meeting in mid-April about the issue prior to drafting the policy.
The decision follows an Ohio law signed in December that negated a previous ban on citizens carrying firearms on college campuses in the state. Now a college’s board of trustees can implement campus carry policies.
The Nov. 28 terrorist attack on Ohio State University’s campus has at least one other institution in the state reconsidering its gun policies.
Wright State University officials said they may host a concealed carry forum on the campus in the fall to gauge the community’s interest.
Cedarville is a private university with 3,300 students about 50 miles west of Columbus.