OLLU President Diane Melby announced the university has opted out of allowing persons with concealed handgun licenses to carry on campus. President Melby and the OLLU Board of Trustees came to the decision after hearing via an OLLU campus survey. “The clear majority [in the surveys] was in favor of opting out…I am very proud of the many thoughtful voices that came forward…We listened and took all views to heart,” said President Melby in a press release.
The new law—officially called Senate Bill 11—was passed by the Texas Legislature in March of 2015 and requires public universities to allow licensed concealed carry on campus. Private universities, such as OLLU, had the opportunity to vote to opt out of the law. In San Antonio OLLU joined Trinity, Saint Mary’s, and the University of the Incarnate Word as academic institutions that have opted out of the law.
The OLLU survey—sent to all students, faculty, staff, and Sisters of the Divine Providence—sought a vote as well as comments from survey-takers. According to their press release, OLLU received “nearly 1,300” responses.