5.07 Weapons and Violence in the Workplace

Origination date: 9/30/2009
Applicability: Academic Professionals, Administrators, Classified Staff, Faculty, Service Professionals


For the purpose of promoting safety at the university, the carrying or concealment of weapons on oneself or in a vehicle within any university facility or grounds is prohibited except as provided in ARS § 12-781.


A weapon is any object or substance designed to inflict a wound, cause injury, or incapacitate, including without limitation, all firearms, pellet guns, switchblade knives, knives with blades three inches or more in length and chemicals such as “mace” or tear-gas, but excluding normally available over the counter self defense chemical repellants. For the purpose of this policy, a weapon also includes a simulated weapon and an inoperable weapon, when these objects are displayed or viewed in a way that causes reasonable apprehension of physical harm.

Weapons Policy

No person shall carry firearms, or other dangerous or deadly weapons, either openly or concealed except for official purposes, as approved in advance by the university Police Department or except as provided in ARS § 12-781. Explosives are not permitted on the premises at any time.

Intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm to any person on university property or at a university sponsored activity, or intentionally or recklessly causing reasonable apprehension of such harm, is strictly prohibited.

Unauthorized use, possession or storage of any weapon, explosive devise or fireworks on the university grounds, within university facilities or at a university sponsored event is strictly prohibited except as provided in ARS § 12-781 .

Under no circumstances will violent behavior initiated by an employee, student or guest be permitted while performing work duties or on university grounds. Disciplinary action up to and including termination may result based on acts of violent behavior. Acts of violence should be reported immediately to NAUPD and the employee’s supervisor.