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Public Safety and Firearm Policy

There are restrictions to who may carry firearms onto UT property (including the UT Conference Center).

The following individuals are not permitted to carry handguns on UT property, unless expressly permitted by Tennessee law:

  • Part-time UT employees (those scheduled to work less than 40 hours in a workweek)
  • UT students
  • UT volunteers
  • Visitors to UT property
  • Lessees of UT property
  • Employees of contractors working on UT property

Tennessee law prohibits the individuals listed above from carrying a handgun on UT property but allows individuals with handgun carry permits to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in their private motor vehicle while on or utilizing a parking area as long as:

  • the firearm or ammunition is kept from ordinary observation if the individual is in the motor vehicle; or
  • the firearm or ammunition is kept from ordinary observation and locked within the trunk, glove box, or interior of the individual’s motor vehicle or a container securely affixed to such motor vehicle if he/she is not in the motor vehicle.
Full-time employees are prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun into meetings about tenure and employee discipline. Full-time employees may not carry a handgun into any stadium, arena, or auditorium when university-sponsored events are under way. Other prohibited locations are hospitals and offices where medical and mental health services are the primary services provided (i.e., the UT Psychological Clinic).

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