Chapter Six:  Statutory Compliance
Procedure Title: Weapons on Campus
Based On: Board Policy 1
Procedure Number: 6.07
Date Adopted/Revised: June 25, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007; July 25, 2016

Arkansas Statute 5-73-119 establishes the prohibition of the possession of handguns on school property. Handguns may not be carried on the person, in a vehicle, or be otherwise readily available. Furthermore, the College prohibits the possession of any weapon on College property. A weapon is defined as a firearm, knives with a blade of 3 inches or greater, sword, bomb, or any substance or device designed or intended to inflict harm.

Bona fide law enforcement officers are not subject to this regulation. Violation is classified as a Class D Felony and violators may be prosecuted. In addition, the Administration is authorized to impose disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or expulsion.

Exception Policy:

Vendors for events at the El Dorado Conference Center may bring knives or similar items for display only. They will need to be secured in a manner approved by the SouthArk Director of Public Safety for the duration of the event. Guests may not, at any time, handle the items. However, guests may order any of the displayed items for delivery or pickup at the Vendor’s place of business. Any type of gun or rifle must be pre-approved by the SouthArk Director of Public Safety. If allowed, the weapons must meet safety and security requirements as designated by the SouthArk Director of Public Safety. Additionally, SouthArk recognizes that there are important outdoor related events where knives or other edged weapons are awarded as part of a raffle or door prize. In these instances, the recipient may only take possession of these items as they exit the facility. In addition, possession will only be transferred from the event holder to the recipient at a pre-arranged location under the supervision of a SouthArk Security Officer.