HC trustees approve concealed gun carry policy on campus at Monday meeting

Staff Writer

Howard College trustees approved a new policy Monday during their monthly meeting establishing rules about concealed carry firearms on campus.
Starting in August, licensed concealed carry gun owners will be able to bring their weapons on to Howard College campus, into buildings, and into dormitories in accordance with a 2015 state law. According to the law, public universities and colleges had until August 2016 to develop policies regarding concealed gun carry and community colleges have until August 2017.
Essentially, the college was tightly restricted by the new law on where banning guns on campus can occur.
The policy heavily models the one Texas Tech University instituted on its campus. Now approved, Howard College officials will be working quickly to get signage up on the campus to prepare for the implementation come Aug. 1, Howard College President Dr. Sparks said.
In other business, the college plans a year-long tribute the the late Marie Hall, a long-time benefactor to many of the college’s programs. Hall died earlier this month.
“We are all very sadden by the recent death of Marie Hall,” Sparks said to the small crowd attending the board the board meeting.
Sparks said Hall’s main motivation was to see people excel.
“When you talked to her about students that’s when her eyes went up,” Sparks said. “She loved seeing people have opportunity. So, we are forever indebted to her and in this small way we can give honor to her.”