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Weapons Policy Frequently Asked Questions

Updated as of 6/16/17

Who is affected by the concealed-carry law that goes into effect on July 1, 2017?

University of Kansas Medical Center facilities that must comply with the concealed-carry law (the Personal Family and Protection Act) as of July 1:

  • University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
  • Fairway North Building in Fairway, Kansas

University of Kansas Medical Center facilities that are exempted from the concealed-carry law due to the legislative amendment recently signed into law:

  • Main University of Kansas Medical Center campus at 39th and Rainbow in Kansas City, Kansas

Includes all facilities located within the health care district of the Rosedale Master Plan and Traffic Study, which includes a portion of the geographic area between Rainbow Boulevard and State Line Road, south of Southwest Boulevard and north of 43rd Street. A map on page 73 of the Rosedale Master Plan and Traffic Study clearly outlines the health care district.

  • Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina is housed in a privately owned building that is not owned or leased by the university; therefore, the facility is not subject to the public building portion of the Personal Family and Protection Act.

What rules and guidelines must be followed related to the concealed-carry law?

There is a Kansas Board of Regents policy providing guidance on the concealed-carry law and a draft University-Wide Weapons Policy pending review by the Board of Regents. The University of Kansas Medical Center is also finalizing campus-specific implementing procedures.

Why are certain facilities exempted from the concealed carry gun law?

The Kansas State Legislature passed an amendment to the Personal Family and Protection Act, which will go into effect on July 1, 2017. This amendment excludes all publicly owned hospitals from the concealed-carry law.

With this amendment, buildings owned or leased by these public hospitals are exempt from the concealed-carry law. For The University of Kansas Health System, the exemptions include the health care district, which is outlined in the Rosedale Master Plan and Traffic Study.

FAQs for those in facilities exempt from the concealed-carry law

No, all firearms are prohibited from these facilities unless carried by law enforcement.

No, individuals are responsible for safe storage of their weapon prior to entering the exempt properties

Yes. In order to fully protect your personal property, the university recommends that any weapons be stored in a secure location, such as the trunk of a locked vehicle.

Do not approach the individual on your own. Contact the KU Medical Center Police Department on the main Kansas City campus by dialing 911 on campus phones, or 913-588-5030 from cell phones or non-campus phones.

On the Salina campus, contact 911 in the case of an emergency. For non-emergencies, contact Salina Regional Hospital Security at 785-452-8659 or the Salina Police Department at 785-526-7210.

We encourage you to plan ahead and store your firearm in a secure location, such as the trunk of a locked vehicle, prior to visiting an exempt building.

FAQs for those in facilities that are not exempt from the concealed-carry laws

Yes, the state legislature passed the Personal Family and Protection Act in 2013 requiring public agencies, including state universities (beginning July 1, 2017), to allow concealed carry unless the specific building is exempt under the recent amendment to the law or in circumstances where adequate security measures (as defined by the law) are in place or in other limited circumstances.

No, individuals are responsible for safe storage of their weapon prior to entering exempt properties.

Yes, in non-exempt facilities only. University policy requires that a concealed handgun must be in the person's custody and control.

During exams, faculty can require that backpacks and purses be separated from students. In these situations, students can transfer a handgun from a backpack or purse to a secure location (such as the trunk of their locked vehicle) prior to arriving at class, or students can carry the handgun concealed on their bodies.

We encourage you to plan ahead and store your firearm in a secure location, such as the trunk of a locked vehicle, prior to visiting an exempt building.

No.

Generally no. There is no registry of individuals carrying firearms. Per the Kansas Board of Regents, neither the University nor instructors can require concealed carry holders to declare themselves.

No.

Do not approach the individual on your own. Contact the KU Medical Center Police Department on the main Kansas City campus by dialing 911 on campus phones, or 913-588-5030 from cell phones or non-campus phones. On the Wichita campus, contact security at 316-293-2662.

Inadvertent exposure of a concealed weapon is not necessarily a violation of the law or policy. Handguns that remain partially concealed for a period of time would be in violation and should be reported to KU Medical Center Police or security on the Wichita campus.

Brandishing a weapon or threatening gestures are only allowed if done in good faith defense of self or others. Threatening behavior is not tolerated. If someone is brandishing a weapon or displaying threatening behavior on campus, please contact KU Medical Center Police or security on the Wichita campus.

Contact the KU Medical Center Police Department on the main Kansas City campus by dialing 911 on campus phones, or 913-588-5030 from cell phones or non-campus phones. On the Wichita campus, contact security at 316-293-2662.

If the handgun itself is not visible, it is not likely to be a violation of University policy. If there are doubts, call KU Medical Center Police on the main Kansas City campus by dialing 911 using campus phones, or 913-588-5030 from cell phones or non-campus phones. The Wichita campus should contact security at 316-293-2662.

University policy requires handguns to be secured in a holster that completely covers the trigger guard area. Handguns with an external hammer must be secured in an un-cocked position through the use of a strap or other means. The safety must be on. Semiautomatic handguns must be carried without a chambered round of ammunition. Revolvers must be carried with the hammer resting on an empty cylinder.

The Kansas Attorney General, who has the authority to issue opinions regarding Kansas state law, has issued an opinion authorizing such restrictions. The Kansas Board of Regents has also approved the University policy.

Possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a violation of a different Kansas law. The outcome of such an encounter may be dependent upon a variety of other factors such as how the handgun is revealed and whether threatening behavior is involved.

KU Medical Center Police will continue to provide a variety of workshops, talks and training, as well as information sheets on topics such as de-escalation techniques, suicide threats and active shooter situations. Visit the KU Medical Center Police Department website to learn about resources or request a program.

KU Medical Center emergency management website also offers a section specifically on response to active shooter or other threat.

The KU School of Medicine-Wichita website outlines the Wichita campus active shooter response plan.

In the unlikely event that one finds a discarded handgun, call KU Medical Center Police immediately: 913-588-5030 (or 911 from campus phones) on the Kansas City campus, or on the Wichita Campus, 316-293-2662.

No. More information about how to respond during an active shooter/attack threat is available on the KU Medical Center Emergency Management website.

Call 911 (or 913-588-5030 from your cell phone to reach KU Medical Center Police) and offer as much information as possible. Each individual who lawfully possesses a handgun on any KU Medical Center campus is wholly and solely responsible for carrying, storing and using the handgun in a safe manner and in accordance with the law, Board of Regents policy, and University policy. Individuals on the Wichita campus should call 911 immediately and then security at 316-293-2662.

No. Kansas Board of Regents policy allows individuals solely assigned to an office to lock the door, provided that doing so doesn't interfere with policies regarding maintaining office hours.

Faculty cannot prohibit students or other employees from concealed carry. A suggestion that a student or coworker leave a handgun elsewhere could be interpreted as an attempt to prohibit concealed carry and is not recommended.

Your safety is important. KU Medical Center police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and additional patrol officers are being hired prior to July 1, 2017, to increase their physical presence around campus.

Building concerns should be addressed on a structure-by-structure basis by the units responsible for each building. What is appropriate for one building may not be appropriate or possible for another. Please share your concerns and observations with your supervisor and contact KU Medical Center Police to better understand security measures that may already be in place.

Please take a moment to review personal safety actions you can take to be more aware of and in control of your surroundings. At KU Medical Center, there are a number of services aimed at increasing safety:

  • KU Medical Center communication system with Rave text messaging and email, Alertus beacons and computer popups, and University broadcast alerts.
  • Blue light emergency phones in the parking lots and on walkways throughout campus. Building Emergency Plans (BEPs). All KU Medical Center buildings have a BEP, a building advisory committee, and building emergency leaders. Evacuation drills are conducted annually.
  • KU Medical Center Police or Emergency Management trainings and talks.
  • Shuttle bus service is intended for transportation to and from the parking lots during hours of operation.
  • Between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., employees, students and visitors of the university can take advantage of escort services to and from residences, parking lots and garages within the boundaries of Chester to the north, State Line Road to the east, 43rd Street to the south, and Fisher to the west.

The Wichita campus offers a number of services to increase safety:

  • Security camera coverage throughout campus
  • Perimeter gate that is secured after-hours (accessible by KUSM-W proximity card)
  • LED lighting throughout campus parking lots
  • Escort to and from vehicles (Mon-Fri 6 AM-11 PM)
  • Rave alert text messaging service
  • Training on emergency preparedness and response

No. An individual health care provider may refuse to treat a patient carrying a concealed handgun, and may notify patients that he or she will not treat individuals carrying concealed handguns in advance of patient appointments. Patients may temporarily store handguns in their privately-owned or leased motor vehicles.

Public Safety

University of Kansas Medical Center
Public Safety Department
Mail Stop 1004
2100 West 36th Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-5030
Fax: 913-588-5124