Safety & Security
Safety & Security

Weapons Policy

Heidelberg University Board of Trustees mandates the following ban on all weapons. Additionally, the Board of Trustees gives the administration the authority to enforce this policy.

The possession, manufacture, transfer, sale or use of weapons by anyone on University property, which includes personal vehicles, or at any University event, without the written authorization of Heidelberg University, is expressly prohibited. Likewise, the possession, manufacture, transfer, sale or use of weapons is prohibited while conducting University business, whether or not on University property or at a University sponsored event. This prohibition exists whether or not a federal or state license to possess a weapon has been issued to the possessor.

Weapons are defined as any device or substance that is designed, used or likely to be used to cause bodily harm or property damage. Included are firearms, which are defined as any gun, rifle, pistol, handgun or device designed to fire bullets, BBs, pellets, or shots (including paint balls), or other projectiles regardless of the propellant used. Other weapons include but are not limited to Taser/stun guns, knives with fixed blades, switchblades, spring-loaded knives, pocket knives, kitchen utensils not used for their intended purpose, martial arts weapons, bow and arrows of any type, swords, brass knuckles, sling shots, explosives or incendiary devices.

This prohibition includes other items deemed by the Office of Campus Safety & Security to be dangerous, including but not limited to hazardous chemical or biological material of any sort, displays or collections of the weapons, ornamental weapons and ornamental ammunition. Prohibited items are subject to the immediate removal of the weapon from University property or at the University event.

Any member of the University community who observes an individual possessing, manufacturing, transferring, selling or using a weapon and who reasonably believes that the individual is doing so without the consent of Heidelberg University should immediately report this to the Office of Campus Safety & Security. Likewise, any member of the community who observes unattended items they reasonably believe to be weapons should also immediately contact the Office of Campus Safety & Security with a description and location of these items.

The only exceptions to this policy are:

  1. Authorized law enforcement officers or authorized military personnel, acting on behalf of and within the scope of their official duties, and to the extent, they are legally permitted to possess weapons in the state of Ohio.
  2. Persons legally permitted to possess weapons in the state of Ohio, to the extent that such possession is necessary as a part of an academic, research or work-related activity. Such use must have received prior written approval by the Director of Campus Safety & Security.
  3. A state of Ohio Concealed Handgun licensee, who is transporting a handgun and where the handgun and all of the ammunition remains inside the person’s privately owned motor vehicle while the person is physically present, or each handgun and all the ammunition is locked within the trunk, glove box or enclosed compartment or container within or on the person's privately-owned motor vehicle and the vehicle is in a location where vehicles are permitted.

Contact Information

Campus Safety & Security

Tiffin, OH 44883


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Rachel Huth
Senior Security Officer
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Jeffrey Rhoades
Director of Campus Safety & Security, Lead Title IX Investigator
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Grant Venema
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Bradley Wright
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Thomas Wurm
Security Officer
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