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The Campus Self-Defense Act

The Campus Self-Defense Act at WVSU 

On July 1, 2024, the Campus Self-Defense Act, will take effect in West Virginia. Passed by the West Virginia Legislature in 2023, the Campus Self-Defense Act allows a person to carry a concealed pistol or revolver on the grounds of an institution of higher education, with some exceptions, if that person has a current and valid license to carry a concealed deadly weapon.

Exceptions at WVSU 

The West Virginia State University Board Of Governors met in April 2024 and approved the following exemptions to the Campus Self-Defense
  • At an organized event taking place at a stadium or arena with a capacity of more than 1,000;
  • At a daycare facility located on university property;
  • In the secure area of any building used by the University Police Department;
  • In an area that has adequate security measures to ensure pistols or revolvers are not to be carried by the public into the area;
  • In an on-campus room or rooms in which a student or employee disciplinary proceeding is being held;
  • In sole occupancy offices;
  • At a primary or secondary education school-sponsored function being held in a specific location on university property that is rented, leased or under the exclusive use of the West Virginia Department of Education, the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission, a county school board or a local public school when the function is occurring;
  • At a private function that is being held in a specific location on university property that is rented, leased, or under exclusive use of an entity when the function is occurring;
  • In any university property where possession of a firearm is prohibited by state or federal law;
  • In specifically designated areas in which patient care or mental health counseling is being provided];
  • In high hazardous and animal laboratories]; and
  • In on-campus residence halls, except common areas such as lounges, dining areas and study areas. 


If you have questions or need clarification of any part of the Campus Self-Defense Act please contact the University Police Department.
University Police Department
West Virginia State University
305 Barron Drive, Ferrell House
Institute, WV 25112-1000
Phone: (304) 766-3353
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