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Weapons on Campus Procedure

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Weapons on Campus Policy

Procedures Set 1 – Weapons on campus

  1. Notwithstanding that a firearm or other weapon may be lawfully registered and or licensed to a person, its possession, carriage and or use is strictly prohibited by the university on any Monash campus except where expressly exempted by this policy

    Responsibility

    All persons entering or remaining on a Monash University campus

  2. Where a weapon is observed or suspected of being on campus, campus security must be contacted immediately.

    Responsibility

    Any person becoming aware or suspicious of a weapon being on a Monash University campus

  3. Campus security will investigate and respond appropriately to any notification or information provided.

    Responsibility

    Campus security services

  4. The attending Campus security may do any or all of the following;

    a) Request immediate removal of the weapon from the campus

    b) Report the matter to police and assist them as required

    c) Initiate disciplinary proceedings using available Monash processes including;

    • Monash Student Disciplinary or Health Statutes
    • Monash University Enterprise Agreement

    d) Seek instruction and assistance from the University’s Solicitors Office in respect of other legal avenues available.

    c) Other action as appropriate

    Responsibility

    Campus security services

Procedures Set 2 – Exemptions

  1. Police

    A serving member of a state or federal police service in the lawful execution of their duty is exempted from this policy.

    Responsibility

    Member of a state or federal police service

  2. Approved Sporting Activity

    An exemption must be sought for the possession, carriage and use of a starting pistol, sword, bow or crossbow, spear gun or other weapon which is lawfully and legitimately required in conjunction with an on campus Monash University approved sporting activity.

    Responsibility

    Person organizing or seeking to use a weapon on campus as part of a lawful sporting activity

  3. A request for an exemption to possess, carry and or use a weapon on campus for use in an approved sporting activity must be made either verbally or in writing (providing satisfactory details) to the Director Monash Sport or their delegate a reasonable time prior to the intended activity

    Responsibility

    Person organizing or seeking to use a weapon on campus as part of a lawful sporting activity

  4. The Director Monash Sport or their delegate will consider the legitimacy of any such request in respect of; the person making the request, the sporting activity being undertaken, and the community’s safety, and may apply conditions to the possession, carriage and use of the weapon on campus.

    Responsibility

    Director Monash Sport or their delegate

  5. In all cases where a ‘sports’ exemption is granted the relevant campus security service shall be provided details a reasonable time before a weapon is brought on to campus

    Responsibility

    Director Monash Sport or their delegate

  6. Industrial tools

    Industrial tools including nail guns, other fastening and cutting equipment, which are required for use by a university employee or approved contractor are exempt from this policy.

    Responsibility

    No formal exemption required

  7. Research & Educational Instruments

    Instruments (that are not identical with the definition of weapon under this policy) that are required for use on campus as part of a legitimate educational or research activity are exempt from this policy whilst they are being possessed, carried or used appropriately and in direct connection with a university approved educational or research activity 

    Responsibility

    No formal exemption required

Procedures Set 3 - Specific Exemptions

  1. A request for an exemption, other than for an approved sporting activity, must include;

    • Full details of the person/s requiring the exemption
    • the type of weapon
    •  proof in regard lawful right to possess the weapon
    • the intended activity
    • the safeguards to be applied with respect to the weapon whilst it is on campus and be submitted in writing together with any supporting information a reasonable time prior to the planned on campus activity, to the University Security Manager for consideration.

    Responsibility

    Person seeking an exemption

  2. The University Security Manager will consider the legitimacy and lawfulness of any request, the requirement to have the weapon on campus and the community’s safety, and may seek more information, refuse the request, grant an exemption and or apply such conditions as he/she considers appropriate in the circumstances.

    Responsibility

    University Security Manager or delegate

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