Texas SB 11 (Campus Concealed Carry) does not go into effect for community colleges until August 1, 2017.

Therefore, pursuant to Section 30.06 of the Texas Penal Code and College of the Mainland Policy GFA(Local), the use, possession or display of firearms are currently prohibited on College of the Mainland property.

As outlined in the legislation, I will be consulting with students, faculty and staff to create reasonable rules and/or regulations regarding the carrying of concealed weapons on campus. Considerations of SB 11 include:

  • The nature of the student population
  • Safety concerns
  • Uniqueness of campus space

Forums, surveys and town hall meetings will occur during the 2015-2016 academic year. Please watch for updates during the Fall 2015 semester.

I look forward to working with our campus community on this important issue.

Thank  you,
Dr. Beth Lewis