Weapons Policy

Suffolk University prohibits the possession or use of any items that may be used or are used to harm, or threaten to harm, another individual, on property owned by or under the control of Suffolk University.  Suffolk University prohibits the possession of explosives and firearms (loaded or unloaded) on property owned by or under the control of Suffolk University.  This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, self-defense sprays (with the exceptions below), knives, switchblades, martial arts weapons, clothing and other items with metallic spokes or studs, ammunition, darts, BB guns, paintball guns, and any other item that may be used to injure or harm another individual.  Suffolk University also prohibits the improper use of laser beam instruments.  Suffolk University prohibits the storing of any prohibited items in any campus building or on campus grounds.  This list of prohibited items is not exhaustive and is provided by way of example only.  Therefore, anyone with questions regarding whether an item is prohibited should consult with the Chief of the Suffolk University Police & Security Department.

Prohibited items will be confiscated and violators may be subject to criminal prosecution and/or referral for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from Suffolk University.

Temporary exemptions to this policy may be granted only by the Chief of the Suffolk University Police & Security Department or his/her designee.

Faculty, staff and students  eighteen (18) years of age or older, or students under the age of eighteen (18) who possess a valid Firearms Identification (FID) card, may carry self-defense spray (mace, OC or pepper spray) in any Suffolk University campus buildings except Suffolk University residence halls.  Any student or staff member who wishes to carry self-defense spray in a Suffolk University residence hall must first register with the Suffolk University Police & Security Department and may be required to complete a Self Defense Spray Familiarization course.  Anyone who is required to possess a Firearms Identification card must make the FID card available to the Suffolk University police upon request.

Revised – August 26, 2015 (GAC)