Weapons

What is the definition of a weapon? What crimes are associated with weapons?

Weapons are prohibited on campus. A weapon includes guns, knives intended for self defense as opposed to cooking, stun guns, batons, martial arts weapons, and other items. The penalties for committing a crime are often significantly increased if a weapon was used during its commission. It is also illegal to carry a concealed weapon on your person unless you have a state issued concealed weapons permit. Such a permit does not give the right to carry a weapon on the University of Iowa campus, and a permit holder could be sanctioned by the University even if they had not committed a crime under state law.

What is the definition of illegal possession of a weapon? What is the University of Iowa’s definition of possession of a weapon?

Some weapons, including automatic weapons, short barrelled shotguns, flamethrowers, grenades and other military weapons are illegal to possess without a federally issued license. It is also illegal to possess a concealed but legal weapon without a permit. Furthermore, persons under the legal age and persons having been convicted of a crime of domestic violence or a felony are prohibited from possessing firearms by federal law.

What are the consequences for illegally possessing, selling, or distributing guns and weapons?

Consequences for illegally possessing weapons range from fines and jail time up to prison depending on the severity of the offense.

How are these crimes investigated?

Crimes involving the illegal possession of weapons are investigated by local law enforcement and/or the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)

What are the University of Iowa’s consequences for weapon disciplinary charges?

Students who violate the university’s weapons policy can face sanctions including fines, non-academic probation, suspension and up to expulsion from the University.  Students accused of violations will receive notice of the violation that includes instructions for how to contest the violation.