Prohibition of Weapons

Promoting a Safe Yale –It is University policy that:

  • Access to the University’s property is limited to members of the University community and their guests and invitees, and to those authorized to be on campus property.
  • All students, staff and faculty on or in the vicinity of the campus must present a valid Yale ID card at the request of any University official.
  • The University reserves the right to enter and inspect its property and work areas.
  • All newly hired staff, post-doctoral associates and fellows, employees of vendors, consultants who receive I.D.s, and casual employees must undergo background checks. This expansion of our background verification requirement took effect January 1, 2010.

Prohibition of Weapons
The University specifically prohibits the possession of weapons by any faculty or staff member, student, or visitor while on or in the vicinity of University-owned or controlled property, whether or not the owner is licensed to carry such weapon. This ban includes keeping a weapon or transporting it to another location. With the exception of the University Police, employees are prohibited from carrying a weapon while performing services for the University on or off University premises. Other law enforcement professionals must have the permission of the University Police to carry weapons on campus. Weapons may include, but are not limited to, guns, ammunition, knives, explosives and the like, crossbows, swords, or similar items with the potential to inflict physical harm. Included are disarmed weapons and simulated weapons which could reasonably cause apprehension. Possession of unlicensed or illegal weapons at any location may be grounds for discipline. Appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including termination or expulsion in the case of a student, and/or criminal proceedings will be taken against persons who violate this policy.