Firearms and Weapons

For purposes of this handbook; “Weapon” means an instrument, article or substance that is designed, used or likely to be used to cause bodily harm or property damage. Weapons include the but are not limited to the following items: firearms, including rifles, shotguns, handguns; bowie, dirks and knives (other than kitchen knives) with blades three inches or longer; swords; nun-chucks, throwing stars and other martial arts weapons; explosive devices or material (including fireworks); crossbows, compound bows, recurve bows, long bows; noxious material , tear gas, pepper spray (except for small dispensers used for personal protection only); BB and airsoft guns, paintball guns, ammunition and non-functioning replicas that could be confused with actual firearms.

The use, display, possession and storage (including in personal vehicles) of weapons is strictly prohibited on the campus of Castleton University. Except as authorized by the following:

  1. Authorized Storage: Residential students may store appropriate “long-arm” weapons for the purpose of hunting one week prior to and after Vermont’s Big Game hunting seasons at Public Safety. Transportation of such weapons on campus will be unloaded and from the Public Safety Parking Lot to Public Safety Office only.
  2. Law enforcement: in the course and scope of their employment.
  3. Replicas: The use of starting pistols at athletic events, replicas in connection with authorized military drills by ROTC carried by cadets only when in uniform and always under the supervision of their instructors or theatrical productions sponsored by the University is permitted.