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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


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