Students at Texas Christian University won't be able to carry their guns on campus next year.
The Fort Worth, TX private school's board of trustees voted to opt out of the state's new campus carry law, which allows students with concealed handgun licenses to carry their guns on campus. The law applies to all public universities but allows private colleges to decide whether they want to follow it.
The law applies to all public universities but allows private colleges to decide whether they want to follow it.
TCU's faculty senate passed a resolution in October opposing allowing guns at their school. But some students asked administrators to opt in.
“It was quite clear that no matter which side of the issue each person felt was best, all cared deeply about the safety of the community," Kathy Cavins-Tull, TCU's vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a statement announcing the decision.
May private Texas schools have expressed a preference for opting out. Southern Methodist University said in a statement last week that it was still gathering feedback on the law. The presidents of Trinity University in San Antonio and Paul Quinn College in Dallas have also publicly said they were leaning toward opting out, too.
Many professors, especially at the University of Texas at Austin, have lobbied administrators to include classrooms in those zones.