Wisconsin Public Act 35, which becomes effective November 1st, allows concealed carry permit holders to carry weapons into most public and private buildings unless specifically banned by the property owner. Information about Act 35 is available on the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) website at http://www.doj.state.wi.us . As a follow up to this new law the Blackhawk Technical College Board adopted Policy E-230 Weapons Free Facilities on October 26, 2011. That policy is provided herein.
WEAPONS FREE FACILITIES POLICY -- E-230
Blackhawk Technical College regulates the possession and use of weapons on campus and, for the purpose of safety, prohibits the possession of weapons in campus buildings, in areas where outdoor classroom activities are held, and in locations where college sanctioned events are held. This policy includes any device which can expel a projectile and/or other dangerous weapons including knives with blades more than 3 inches long, explosives, bows and arrows, swords, tasers, batons, or other items, which, in their intended use, are capable of inflicting serious injury.
FOR THE PURPOSE OF SAFETY, FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, OR OTHER WEAPONS ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN IN ANY COLLEGE OWNED OR OPERATED BUILDING OR OUTDOOR INSTRUCTIONAL SPACE, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY APPROVED AS PART OF AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM.
Because these weapons may pose a clear risk to persons and property on the campus, violation of the regulations may result in administrative action from the college and/or prosecution under the appropriate state or federal laws.
No person* shall be permitted to carry firearms or other weapons, concealed or not concealed, with or without a concealed weapon permit, while on properties owned or controlled by the College, without the advance, express written permission of the President or his/her designee. Weapons in a vehicle on college property must be encased and out of plain site with the unoccupied vehicle fully secured (e.g. windows up, vehicle locked, etc).
* Certified law enforcement officers are exempt from this prohibition.
Please note that violators of the College’s Weapons Free Facilities Policy are subject to student judicial affairs proceeding or employee discipline as appropriate, and may be prosecuted under Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry Law.
REPORTING A VIOLATION
If a person has or is suspected of having a weapon, and is not a law enforcement officer, you believe there is a weapon on campus, it’s brought to your attention that there may be a weapon on campus, or a weapon is discovered on campus please follow the “Person with a Weapon” emergency procedure cards distributed at in-service and located in each classroom.
All of the above situations require an immediate report of the situation.
Aviation Center: Call 9-911 from any office phone and then notify the Aviation Center front desk
Beloit Center: Pick up a RED phone, located in the hallways, which will connect you to the Beloit Center front desk or Call 9-911 from any Beloit Center phone and then notify the Beloit Center front desk
Center for Transportation Studies: Call 9-911 from any office phone and then notify the front desk
Central Campus: Pick up a RED phone which will connect you to the BTC Switchboard located in the hallways or Call 9-911
Monroe Campus: Call 9-911 from any office phone and then notify the front desk
The RED phones located on the central campus are for EMERGENCIES only. They should be used to report a possible weapon on campus. Please don’t use them to inquire about information, schedules, room assignments etc.
Local law enforcement will respond to the call and upon arrival will determine the appropriate response in addressing the situation. You should not approach or question individuals who may be armed. The front desk will immediately notify the appropriate member of the College’s Critical Incident Management Team.
Should you have any questions regarding this protocol, please feel free to contact Tony Crites, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator or Renea Ranguette, Vice President for Finance and College Operations.