On June 1, 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 11, which has been called “campus carry,” into law. Starting Aug. 1, 2016, the law allows licensed holders to carry a concealed handgun on public university campuses, including the University of North Texas.
The law also allows universities to create an implementation policy with reasonable rules and regulations. UNT President Neal Smatresk and the UNT Campus Carry Task Force created a policy from student, faculty and staff feedback.
This webpage was created to keep the UNT community informed with up-to-date information on campus carry and the university’s efforts to achieve both compliance and safety on campus.
- Read President Smatresk’s message about information sessions in April
- Read President Smatresk’s message about the UNT System BOR accepting the policy
- Read President Smatresk’s message about UNT’s policy draft
- Read President Smatresk’s message about the bill
- Read the task force's message to campus
- Download the Campus Carry Town Hall Presentation (PDF)
- Download the Campus Carry Educational Training Session PowerPoint
Sept. 11, 2015
President Smatresk convenes UNT’s Campus Carry Task Force.
UNT’s campus carry task force recommends policies and guidelines to President Smatresk for review.
House Bill 910 allowing Texas licensed handgun owners to “open carry” takes effect Jan. 1. However, individuals still may not “open carry” on university campuses.
President Smatresk makes UNT's campus carry policy draft available to campus and the comment period opens for feedback on the draft policy.
Comment period closes Feb. 8 for the final policy draft.
UNT System Board of Regents convenes and reviews UNT campus policy for approval and/or revisions.
Aug. 1, 2016
Senate Bill 11, also known as "campus carry," takes effect.