Policy Manual

Possession of Dangerous Articles

Irrespective of any license or authority, University faculty, students, staff, whether working or not, and visitors and members of the University community, may not possess or use air rifles, pistols, firearms, weapons, ammunition, gunpowder, fireworks, explosives, gasoline and other dangerous articles and substances in University buildings or on University property. Normal laboratory materials are excluded from this policy when used in a laboratory setting.

Possession and distribution of items mentioned above may be governed by specific federal, state and local regulations.

An individual who violates this policy should be reported to the University Of Pennsylvania Police Department immediately. Violators of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action under University policy and/or civil or criminal action.


Certain individuals employed by the University of Pennsylvania Police Department may be given authorization to carry, keep and handle pistols, firearms and ammunition.


Specific classifications of employees may be required to utilize dangerous article or hazardous materials on campus to carry out their job duties. Each school or department is responsible for monitoring the use of dangerous articles or hazardous materials in its areas.

Policy Number: 706
Effective Date: 9/1/1991
Supersedes Policy Number(s): N/A
Applicability: All University Employees, Students & Visitors
Cross-reference: N/A

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