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Campus Carry Policy

The Board of Trustees of Our Lady of the Lake University has set forth a policy which prohibits weapons on all OLLU campuses. This policy applies to all, even individuals who hold a License to Carry (LTC) or Concealed Handgun License (CHL) or who carry a handgun without a license under the new Texas law that went into effect on Sept. 1, 2021.

In the summer of 2015, Senate Bill 11 was passed in the Texas Legislature’s 84th Session, allowing holders to License to Carry (LTC) or Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to carry weapons on the campuses of colleges and universities in the state. The bill, commonly known as Campus Carry, included a provision for private universities to decide “after consultation with campus constituents” whether to follow the decision, create special “carry spaces” on campus or to “opt out.”

The Board of Trustees received input from students, faculty, staff, alumni and Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence to aid in making the decision and voted to “opt out” of Campus Carry. This decision by the Board means OLLU will continue with its longstanding policy of not allowing weapons on campus, even if concealed.

The university employs a full-time police department of law enforcement officers licensed by the state.

As required by state law, signs have been placed throughout the San Antonio, Houston and Rio Grande Valley campuses to notify everyone of the policy.

On Sept. 1, 2021, a new Texas law went into effect allowing individuals to carry handguns without a license. This new law does not impact OLLU's policy. Weapons are still not allowed on OLLU campuses.