Firearm Policy

Section 4: Firearms, Fireworks, Explosives, and Weapons 

On Campus
Colorado Northwestern recognizes and follows the The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policy (BP) and the Colorado Community College System President’s Procedures (SP). The Board policy states that no person may have on his or her person any unauthorized firearm, ammunition, explosive device, or illegal weapon on campus or any facility used by a college.
Persons authorized to carry firearms and other equipment defined in the policy are:
  1. Those persons conducting and participating in an approved program of instruction in the college's curriculum which requires access to such equipment as an integral part of the instructional program;
  2. Certified Peace Officers;
  3. Those persons who have been issued a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun in accordance with Colorado’s Concealed Carry Act, C.R.S. § 18-12-201, et seq. and who are acting in compliance with the requirements of that Act;
  4. Those persons granted permission at the discretion of the College President for specific purposes from time to time.
    Colorado law defines a dangerous weapon as an instrument designed to, or that is used in a manner to produce bodily harm. This list includes; firearms, explosives, ammunition, and dangerous weapons or materials that can be deemed as harmful.
Fireworks are prohibited on campus in accordance with the regulations of the Town of Rangely, as well as the City of Craig.
In Residence Halls
Personal possession and/or use of firearms in the residence halls (antique or modern) or other weapons is not permitted. The Residence Hall Contract states that the resident agrees not to bring any weapon or firearm, including any handgun(s) carried in accordance with the Colorado Concealed Carry Act, §18-12-201, et. seq., C.R.S., into any residence hall. With regard to any weapons other than handguns carried in accordance with the Colorado Concealed Carry Act, §18-12-201, et. seq., C.R.S. , College Policies, rules and regulations prohibit weapons and firearms from being brought into any residence hall. Notwithstanding any other language in the Residence Hall Contract, the College may terminate the contract immediately for violation of this provision. Colorado Northwestern Community College personnel reserve the right to determine what constitutes as a weapon.
Students who obtain a Concealed Carry Permit and wish to carry a handgun in accordance with the permit must notify the Safe Campus Coordinator and will be released from their Housing & Dining Services Residence Halls Contract without financial penalty.
Weapons used for sporting purposes may be stored within the Rangely Campus Armory, by contacting the Safe Campus Coordinator, the Chief Ranger or Academy Director.  However, before bringing any weapon to campus, residents should check with the Safe Campus Coordinator to determine what kinds of weapons may be stored and what the procedure is for storing them. Students who violate this policy are subject to severe disciplinary action, including expulsion from the college.