Weapons Policy and Secured Storage Information
Regents' Policy and University Regulation 02.09.020 permit transportation of firearms or weapons to university approved activities or secure central storage provided by the University. Otherwise, loaded or unloaded firearms or weapons, including concealed weapons for which the carrier has a permit, may not be carried or stored on University property or in University buildings without the prior written permission of the chancellor or chancellor's designee. Possession of firearms within motor vehicles and storage of firearms within the individual’s legally parked and locked motor vehicle is allowed on campus. Weapons are not allowed in residential units under any circumstances. Certain items, regardless of owner definition, are considered to be weapons by the University, including paintball guns, air soft guns, and BB or pellet guns. When in doubt, residents should ask Student Housing professional staff prior to bringing any item onto campus.
UAS Weapons Secured Storage
UAS Student Housing recognizes the interest of residents who are hunters and/or recreational target shooters and provides guidelines by which residents can register and secure their firearms and weapons on-site through our established security process.
“Firearms” or “weapons” that must be handled in accordance with the above policy include:
- Paintball guns, air guns, pellet guns, BB guns
- Knives and blades longer than 2.5 inches that were not designed for kitchen use
- Martial arts weapons and swords
- Bows, crossbows, and similar hunting implements
- Other objects commonly understood to be designed as hunting equipment
Fireworks, incendiary devices, explosives, tranquilizer guns, and tasers or stun guns not be brought to campus under any circumstances. Disciplinary action will be taken against any student found to be in violation of this rule, up to and including probationary status, removal from housing, expulsion from the university, or legal action through coordination with local law enforcement.
Weapons Storage Guidelines
The Housing Lodge will provide secured weapons storage on a first-come, first-serve basis to residents of UAS Student Housing, subject to the following conditions:
- Weapons must be registered with the department before they will be accepted into storage. All weapons must be approved by the Associate Director of Residence Life or Residence Life Coordinator before being placed in storage. The student must provide their own key-operated padlock.
- Residents are expected to abide by the UAS Housing Weapons Policy, any other applicable University of Alaska policies, and any applicable state and federal laws.
- Weapons checkout request forms must be completed and submitted to the Lodge Desk no less than 24 hours prior to the requested checkout time. The Lodge Desk staff will then take the form and arrange a checkout appointment with the appropriate professional staff member. Students will be guaranteed access only with the checkout appointment scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
- Access will not be given to anyon other than the student owner who registered the weapon.
- An aggreement is revocable at any time at the discretion of the University.
- The University reserves the right to deny access to students whom they deem unfit to manage their weapon, such as in stated inebriation or agitation. The Univeristy also reserves the right to turn over weapons to the policae in following situations: if they are abandoned, if the agreement has been violated, or if the student has had significant conduct issues addresed through the campus conduct process.
- The University accepts no responsibility for the owner. Owners store weapons on campus at their own risk. Damages or losses caused by water damage, fire, or other events will not be reimbursed by UAS.
Filling out a Weapons Storage Agreement
A resident wanting to store their weapon with UAS Housing will sign an agreement that states the above guidlines. They will also fill out an inventory that asks for the weapon's make, model and type, as well as its serial number and visual description.
Residents can gain access to their weapons locker by requesting a weapons checkout appointment at the Housing Lodge Desk. Access is not guaranteed with less than 24-hours notice. Residents wishing to check out their weapon in the early hours or late hours should arrange an appointment in advance, as staff may not be available to respond. Note: Only the weapon owner can gain access to the locker. Residents must also understand that if they must cancel their appointment for any reason, they need to notify the Housing Lodge Desk staff otherwise a $10 fine will be charged to their account.
When a weapon is checked-out, a checkout form must be completed. The resident will fill out their name, UA ID number, and the requested checkout date and time. They will give this form to the Housing Lodge Desk Staff, who will make an appointment with the appropriate professional staff member. During the checkout appointment, the resident will fill out a form stating the date and time they will be back. This will be their check-in appointment. Residents must check their weapon back in immediately upon arrival to campus.
Students may make an appointment in advance to clean their firearms. A safe, discrete location will be provided with a professional staff member on-hand for supervision. The student will be required to show that the weapon is empty of any ammunition and that they are not in possession of any ammunition.
Permanent Removal of Weapon and Abandoned Weapons
If a weapon will be removed from campus permanently, the weapons agreement must be formally terminated. Unclaimed weapons left in lockers after the student has checked out of housing will be secured and disposed of appropriately. Weapons found in unauthorized locations on campus will be secured pending conduct proceedings.
- Weapons must be registered with the department before they will be accepted into storage. All weapons must be approved by the Director of Housing & Residence Life before being stored in Housing, approved weapons must be stored immediately in the secured weapons facility within a weapons locker, and the resident must provide his or her own key‐operated padlock.
- Residents are allowed to store no more than five (5) total firearms or other weapons in storage lockers.
- AR-style weapons are not considered appropriate firearms to be stored in University secured storage for the purpose of hunting and/or recreational target shooting.
- Weapons checkout request forms must be completed and submitted to the Housing Lodge Desk no less than 24 hours prior to the requested checkout time. The Lodge Desk will then take the form and arrange a checkout with a professional staff member. Students will be guaranteed access only with a checkout appointment scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
- The agreement is revocable at any time at the discretion of Student Housing professional staff or higher level administrator; due process and written notice will be provided.
- A staff member of the department reserves the right to deny access to residents deemed unfit to manage their weapon, such as in states of inebriation or agitation. The University also reserves the right to turn over weapons to the police in following situations: if they are abandoned, if the agreement has been violated, or if the resident has had significant conduct issues which have been addressed through the conduct process.
- The University accepts no responsibility of the owner, and accommodation for weapons upkeep is outlined in the above policy. Residents store weapons in campus storage at their own risk. Damages or losses caused by water, fire, or other events will not be reimbursed by UAS.