Policies & Procedures
Dixie State University complies with state law with regard to weapons on campus. Utah state law clearly states that a person may not possess a dangerous weapon, firearm, or sawed-off shot gun on school premises (Utah Code 76-10-505.5) except under certain conditions. One of these exceptions indicates that this criminal statute is not applicable if the person is authorized to possess a concealed firearm as provided by the Concealed Weapon Law. DSU abides by this law and accordingly allows concealed firearm permit holders to possess their concealed firearm on campus. There is nothing specifically set forth in the Utah statutes that allows a concealed firearm permit holder to carry that firearm openly on a college campus. State statute defines a concealed dangerous weapon as being covered, hidden, or secured in a manner that the public would not be aware of its presence (Utah Code 76-10-501). As an institution, DSU respects the right of its students and others to legally carry a concealed firearm under those parameters, as outlined by state law.
WCSO Critical Incident Task Force
The Washington County Critical Incident Task Force Investigative Protocol has been adopted to ensure that investigations of officer-involved incidents occurring in Washington County are conducted professionally, thoroughly, and impartially. The Protocol does not preclude the law enforcement agency employing an officer alleged to have caused or contributed to an officer-involved incident from conducting an internal administrative investigation.