The Cabinet decided to opt out of Arkansas House Bill 1243 on April 3 and not allow faculty or staff to carry a concealed handgun on campus.
The new University policy states, “JBU does not allow the carrying of a concealed handgun in any building and on the grounds of all University property.”
The Board of Trustees backed this decision during their biannual retreat last weekend.
Kelsey Daugherty, president of SGA and a student representative at the retreat, said it was a good discussion between the administration and the board.
“The board put in a policy to review the security as a whole on campus yearly [in response to the bill] just to give reassurance that this is being thought of,” Daugherty said. “They are really concerned about students and our safety.”