6.10 Weapons on Campus

Proposed: 06/30/2017
Adopted: 07/01/2017
Last Reviewed: 06/09/2022
Effective: 07/09/2022






In accordance with O.C.G.A. § 16-11-127.1, Middle Georgia State University recognizes that a lawful weapons carrier may carry concealed handguns on Middle Georgia State campuses, excluding restricted campus facilities such as those noted below. Additionally, lawful weapons carriers may possess weapons while under the lawful weapons carrier's physical control in a motor vehicle, in a locked compartment in a motor vehicle, in a locked container in a motor vehicle, or in a locked firearms rack in a motor vehicle. Other types of weapons and firearms are not permitted on Middle Georgia State University campuses—unless expressly permitted by law.

It is the responsibility of each lawful weapons carrier to know in which areas on campus it is permissible to carry a concealed handgun, including classrooms. Students and faculty intending to carry a concealed handgun may visit one of the following offices to find out whether there are restrictions in place for any of their classes:

  • Office of the Registrar
  • Campus Affairs (Campus Director’s Office)
  • University Police

Any person found in violation of the law without prior written permission from the MGA Chief of Police will be subject to disciplinary action and criminal prosecution. Active and retired law enforcement officials acting under published agency policies and state law as well as active duty military personnel are the only exceptions.

Restricted Facilities:

  1. Intercollegiate Sporting Facilities, including but not limited to:
  • Cochran Campus:
    • Morris Gymnasium
    • NeSmith Field
    • Stuckey Field
    • Knights Field 
  • Macon Campus:
    • Volleyball Gymnasium 
    • Georgia Premier Cross Country Course (Long Distance Running Sports Facility) 
  1. Student Housing Facilities, including but not limited to;
  • Cochran Campus:
    • Anderson Hall
    • Browning Hall
    • Gateway Hall
    • Harris Hall
    • Knights Hall
    • Regents Hall
    • Talmadge Hall 
  • Eastman Campus:
    • Aviation Hall
  • Macon Campus:
    • Lakeview Pointe
    • University Pointe 
  1. Facilities used for pre-school or childcare services;
  2. Faculty, staff, and administrative offices;
  3. Rooms being used for disciplinary proceedings;
  4. Room or space being used for classes related to a college and career academy or other specialized school as provided for under Georgia Code Section 20-4-37;
  5. Classes in which high school students are enrolled through a dual enrollment program, including, but not limited to, classes related to the "Move on When Ready Act" as provided for under Georgia Code Section 20-2-161.3.

University System of Georgia Guidance and Answers to FAQs: www.mga.edu/campuscarry.