Western Kentucky U Changes Rules For Weapons

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Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents approved Friday a change to the campus weapons policy, a new general education program and the purchase of two properties for new fraternity houses.

Because of a recent Kentucky Supreme Court ruling, WKU updated its weapons policy to allow weapons in cars parked on campus. Previously, no weapons or firearms of any kind were allowed anywhere on university property, said Deborah Wilkins, WKU’s chief of staff and general counsel.

The change comes after the state Supreme Court ruled that Michael Mitchell, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, had a right to store his gun in his car while parked on campus, Wilkins said. Mitchell sued UK after he was dismissed from the university when police found a gun in his car.

The ruling means WKU must also allow weapons in cars on campus, Wilkins said.

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