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Your safety is top priority at JCCC. On July 1, 2017, a Kansas statute was updated that allows for the concealed carry of handguns in college facilities.

Concealed Carry Archives

August 2012: Instituted A.L.I.C.E. Armed Intruder Training campus wide

February 2013: Instituted Space Security Task Force in response to A.L.I.C.E. Training

June 2013: JCCC Board considers and adopts 6-month temporary concealed carry exemption period

July 1, 2013: Personal and Family Protection Act becomes law in Kansas

September 23, 2013: Concealed carry faculty/staff brown bag talks and OHEC/Student Senate discussions on concealed carry

November 2013: Board considers and adopts 4-year concealed carry exemption; campus signage updated

July 1, 2015: New legislation allows concealed carry in Kansas without a permit

November 11, 2015: Student Senate sponsored Town Hall – concealed carry

November 13, 2015: Faculty sponsored Town Hall – concealed carry

November 2015: President forms KOPS Advisory Committee

January 2016: Faculty sponsored Safety Survey

March 10, 2016: College-wide communication regarding campus safety measures

April 2016: KOPS Advisory Committee sponsored – Staff & Student Safety Survey

April 22, 2016: KOPS Advisory Committee sponsored – Campus Safety Town Hall

October 13, 2016: Board of Trustees review of draft weapons policy

October 19, 2016: KOPS Advisory Committee sponsored – Campus Safety Town Hall

November 1, 2016: Draft weapons policy posted for comment

November 15, 2016: FAQs regarding draft weapons policy posted for comment

January-June 2017: Additional training offerings and safety programming

January 26 and February 1, 2017: Trustee Musil submits testimony before Kansas Senate and House

May 2, 2017: Next planned KOPS Advisory Committee sponsored – Campus Safety Town Hall

May 2017: Board of Trustees adoption of updated weapons policy

July 1, 2017: Current exemption in state law for Kansas higher education institutions expires

August 2017 & beyond: Continue safety programming

A Message from Executive Vice President Barbara Larson

April 25, 2017

Update on Concealed Carry

Dear Colleagues:

Although the Kansas Legislature has not concluded its 2017 session and it’s possible that there could be further developments that would affect Campus Concealed Carry by July 1, 2017, the College has continued to prepare for this date with the assumption that Concealed Carry will be authorized on public campuses.

The JCCC Concealed Carry website contains a timeline of activities including the expiration of the exemption on July 1. As you’re aware, the KOPS Advisory Committee has sponsored numerous town halls on campus safety, with specific emphasis on Concealed Carry. A one-page Summary Document relative to the Draft Weapons Policy is also available on the website, created to help inform the campus community about changes. 

Finally, our Board of Trustees is expected to take action on the draft policy at the May 2017 meeting. 

JCCC Concealed Carry Video Now Available

Based on your input, the KOPS Advisory Committee thought it would be helpful to produce a brief video for your review and use in the classroom if desired. (Please note that the video references the College’s policy. As stated above, the Board of Trustees is likely to take action on the updated Weapons Policy at its meeting scheduled for May 11, 2017, so it has not been adopted as of this writing.) We hope that the five-and-a-half-minute video provides an effective means to quickly communicate pertinent facts relative to Campus Concealed Carry. I want to thank all members of the KOPS Advisory Committee, Chief Russell and members of the JCCC Police Department, and all of those who contributed to production of the video. 

Final Town Hall of the Semester Scheduled May 2

The KOPS Advisory Committee will host a final town hall of the Spring 2017 semester at 2 p.m.  Tuesday, May 2, in Carlsen Center 234. I hope that you will have a chance to review the Concealed Carry video prior to that meeting, but we will play it at the start of the session as a starting point for additional questions and input on this topic.  We will also update you on other safety initiatives on campus.

I want to thank members of the KOPS Advisory Committee for their outstanding work and commitment during a challenging transition for the campus.  I thank all of you for your care and diligence in keeping our campus safe.


— Barbara Larson, Executive Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services