Campus Concealed Carry Policy

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Effective July 1, 2016

As of July 1, Tennessee Law TCA 39-17-1309 allows, generally, all Tennessee State University full-time employees with a valid handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun on TSU property.

Full-time employees who work at TSU and intend to carry a concealed handgun on TSU property should read the TSU Firearm Safety Policy. Individuals will also be required to notify University Police of their intent to carry a concealed handgun on TSU property by completing the Notification of Intent to Carry a Concealed Handgun Form and submit it in-person at TSUPD offices located in the Queen Washington Building on the main campus at 3500 John Merritt Blvd.

The form will be reviewed; and the employee's handgun carry permit status will be confirmed.  Provided all information is on the form and the handgun permit status is valid, the form will then be accepted and placed on file. The employee will be provided with the TSU Firearm Safety Policy.  

Due to the validation and confirmation process that must be followed, these forms can only be accepted during the regular business hours of the university (Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm; Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Summer Hours). In order to provide the fastest service to employees wishing to carry a concealed handgun, an appointment should be made with TSUPD by calling 615-963-5171.

Applicants must bring their:

  • Faculty/staff identification card
  • Valid Tennessee driver’s license
  • Valid Tennessee handgun permit

Full-time employees who are enrolled as a student at the university may not carry a concealed handgun on TSU property.

Full-time employees are prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun into meetings about tenure and discipline.

Full-time employees may not carry a handgun into any stadium, arena, or auditorium when university-sponsored events are underway. Other prohibited locations are hospitals and offices where medical and mental health services are the primary services provided: Student Health Center, Counseling Center, and Early Learning Center. View list of all prohibited locations.

Part-time employees are not permitted to carry a handgun on TSU property.

Students are not permitted to carry or otherwise possess a handgun or other firearm on TSU campus. 

For more information, see the TSU Firearm Safety Policy and TSU Firearms FAQ.


Firearms Safety Training 

TSUPD will provide voluntary training on campus firearm safety and firearms on campus.  The classes will be held at TSUPD twice a month and are free.  Classes will be offered on a first come basis due to limited space.  If you have any questions, please contact the TSUPD at: 615-963-5171.

Class Schedule

Thursday, July 14th, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursday, July 21st, 5:30pm -6:30pm

Wednesday, August 3rd, 5:00pm -6:00pm

Friday, August 19th, 10:00am-11:00am

Wednesday, September 7th, 10:00am-11:00am

Monday, September 19th, 5:30pm-6:30pm

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Listing of All Prohibited Locations

Prohibited at All Times

The following locations are prohibited at all times. Full-time employees may not carry a handgun at these locations: 

Childcare Center (Avon Williams Campus 2nd Floor - Room 286) 330 Tenth Avenue North
Counseling Center (Wilson Hall Basement) 3504 John A. Merritt Blvd
Early Learning Center (Main Campus Humphries Hall 1st Floor) 3104 John A. Merritt Blvd 
Student Health Services (Kean Hall Room 304/3rd Floor) 3401 John A. Merritt Blvd

University-sponsored Events Prohibited Locations

Locations are prohibited if it is a University-sponsored event. Full-time employees may not carry a handgun DURING University-sponsored events at these locations:

Averitte Amphitheater 1100 37th Ave. North
Edward S. Temple Track 3651 Dr. Walter S. Davis Blvd.
Fieldhouse (former ROTC Bldg.) 3302 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Football Practice Field 1233 Schrader Lane
Gentry Center 3645 Dr. Walter S. Davis Blvd.
Hale Stadium 3300 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Kean Hall Gymnasium 3401 John A. Merritt Blvd.
Outdoor Basketball Court 3639 Dr. Walter S. Davis Blvd.
Poag Auditorium (inside Walter S. Davis Humanities Bldg.) 3608 Alameda St.
Softball Field Complex 3647 Dr. Walter S. Davis Blvd.
Strange Music Hall 3503 Alameda St.
Tennis Court Complex 1231 Schrader Lane
Fitness/Wellness Center 3641 Dr. Walter S. Davis Blvd.
Track Building/Softball Practice 3649 Dr. Walter S. Davis Bldg.


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