HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Houston Baptist University released the following statement on Wednesday:
The Houston Baptist University (HBU) Board of Trustees unanimously approved to confirm President Robert B. Sloan’s recommendation that the University opt out of Senate Bill 11 which allows individuals with a state handgun license to carry firearms onto a college campus.
After considering the opinions and input received from the students, staff, faculty and the community, the HBU Board of Trustees has decided to exercise its option under Senate Bill 11 (known as “Campus Carry”) to opt out of participation. At this time, given the known and unknown aspects of the law, and the possible financial impact of its implementation, the University will retain its current policy restricting the carrying of firearms on campus to licensed police officers. The University retains its right to reconsider this position as conditions change in the future.
Dr. Sloan presented the decision process regarding this issue, and shared that the majority of those providing opinions voiced concern with changing the current policy, and that there were many unknowns about how the bill could be implemented and its impact. “At this time, the prudent course of action is to wait until all of the variables have been clarified. Continuing our existing policy for the time being would seem to best serve the interests of this University.”