Kansas Board of Regents approves conceal carry policy for WSU

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSN) — Major changes are coming to six Kansas public universities. On Wednesday, the Board of Regents approved the schools’ on-campus concealed carry weapon policy plans.

The policies will go into effect on July first 2017.

Beginning July 1st, anyone 21 years or older and who is lawfully eligible to carry a concealed handgun can do so on campus. But to prohibit guns from being carried in, that building must have adequate security measures that include metal detectors and security.

Right now WSU leaders say they are considering that for Koch Arena during games but say it would be cost prohibitive to do that for most other buildings.

“Now that their policies have been approved, each university can move forward with implementation,” says Breeze Richardson, Director of Communications for the Kansas Board of Regents.

Now officials must update school handbooks and start informing students of the coming changes.

Campus police say they are already one step ahead. They are developing forums for students and they have also a curriculum that helps prepare students and faculty, mainly, for safety.

“Just try and put them in that environment.”

WSU police say starting in January they will start training students and staff for active shooter situations using a program called ALICE.

It stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate. It’s a two-phase program; one part classroom education and another part active shooter situation.

“We want to start minimizing that stress and get them thinking about that and make them aware of their surroundings. that is one of the number one things is for everybody in the community to be aware of what is around you,” says Sgt. Brad Agnew of the Wichita University Police.

For one student all of the new changes leave him wondering how the new rules will affect his day to day schedule.

“A lot of us won’t be thinking about that but especially in the nighttime at least i am going to be more concerned and a little more watchful, “ says freshman student Briam Elias.