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Weapons-free Campus Policy



Belmont University is a weapon-free campus. Weapons of any kind are strictly prohibited on university property (on and off the main campus), in university facilities, in vehicles on university property, and at university events. A weapon includes any device defined by statute or the university which in the manner used or intended is capable of producing death, harm , or bodily injury to person or property.  Such devices include but are not limited to guns (including starter pistols, paintball guns, those that shoot projectiles including pellets, BBs, airsoft beads, potatoes, etc.), explosives, ammunition, knives with blades longer than three inches, slingshots, martial arts weapons, and bow and arrow combinations (including crossbows).

  • In the interest of public safety, the weapon-free campus policy includes items resembling weapons including but not limited to replica, non-firing, rubber, plastic and/or toy guns. Stage props are excluded from this prohibition only as stipulated in the theatrical addendum below
  • Those possessing permits to carry concealed weapons in public are subject to this policy and are prohibited from bringing weapons onto campus or into campus facilities.
  • Weapons are not permitted on campus property this includes possession or storage by an individual, in a university facility or vehicle on university property. Hunters must make arrangements to store weapons off campus property and are not permitted to transport weapons on campus.
  • Pepper and propellant sprays used for personal protection and self-defense are permitted on campus. Misuse or unauthorized use of these items will be assertively addressed via university conduct processes and/or state and federal statutes. However, electronic devices intended to stun or incapacitate (e.g.Tazors) are considered weapons and are not permitted on campus.
  • Exceptions to this policy include uniformed police officers, authorized Belmont security personnel, theatrical props within the provisions identified below (see addendum)

Weapon-Free Campus Policy (Theatrical Addendum)

Stage weapons may be used in preparation and performance of theatrical productions under the restrictions and stipulations that follow:

  • A stage weapon refers to any device or approximation of a device described as a weapon in the university's weapons-free campus policy. This includes but is not limited to guns, knives, swords, spears, bow and arrows, crossbows, whether capable of inflicting bodily injury or not.
  • These stage weapons may be used on campus only in the context of practice for a university-sponsored theatrical event under the authorization of university personnel.
  • Stage weapons are permitted only in defined theatrical performance and practice venues. They must be stored and maintained by authorized university personnel and "checked-out' for use under their approval.
  • Campus Security must be notified of each instance a stage weapon is to be used and each performance and rehearsal at least 1 week prior.
  • Blades must be blunted, dulled sufficiently so as to pose no actual threat to participants
  • Real operable (even if unloaded) firearms are not permitted. Firearms should be rubber or non-functional replicas, and must be incapable mechanically incapable of firing a projectile.
  • Starters Pistols or other approved theatrical weapons designed to fire a blank and only a blank are also acceptable.
  • Any strange or unusual stage weapon used in a classroom, rehearsal, or production event must receive prior approval from security.
  • Audience members must be notified prior to the beginning of the performance when stage firearms are to be in use.


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