Firearms Policy

Firearms of any type are not permitted on Florida Tech Property in Compliance with Florida Statute.  (The only exceptions are law enforcement officers.)

Individuals covered by this policy

This policy applies to all Students, Staff, Faculty, Employees, and visitors to Florida Institute of Technology property.

A. Introduction

Florida Tech is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of violence. This obligation includes eliminating recognized hazards from campus communities that contribute to violence or serious harm.

B. Policy

While on university-controlled sites and at university-directed activities, employees are prohibited from introducing, possessing, using, buying, or selling unauthorized weapons, firearms, ammunition, explosives, or items deemed by campus  security to be dangerous.

C. Violation of this policy

  1. Any employee who becomes aware of a violation of this policy is required to immediately notify the campus security department or his or her supervisor.
  2. Violation of this policy is considered a serious offense that endangers the safety of the university communities. Therefore, this offense may result in immediate termination of employment.

D. Definitions 

  1. An employee is any Florida Tech employee, regardless of employment status.
  2. An unauthorized firearm is any firearm, regardless of whether the owner has a valid state permit to carry the firearm.
  3. University premises refer to all Florida Tech properties.
  4. A university-controlled site refers to all permanent Florida Tech facilities on all campuses or other locations. It includes any temporary facilities that the university uses to conduct an activity intended primarily for faculty, employees, students, or invited guests of the university, rather than for the general public.
  5. A university-directed activity is an event intended solely for Florida Tech faculty, employees, students, or invited guests of the university; it is not intended for the general public. These activities include, but are not limited to, graduation events, receptions, meetings, and conferences.
  6. The campus Security Director has been assigned administrative responsibility for campus law enforcement and security activities.

E. Exceptions

  1. A firearm in the possession of a law enforcement officer who is authorized to possess the firearm whether on or off duty, by the employing law enforcement agency.
  2. A firearm in the possession of a person who has received prior written authorization from the Florida Tech Director of Security to possess a firearm on campus.
  3. A Florida Tech issued firearm in the possession of a University Security Department Officer authorized to posses the University owned and issued firearm while on duty.

You may find a full copy of the student handbook at http://www.fit.edu/studenthandbook/