The Cooper Union prohibits the possession or use of weapons on campus by anyone except law-enforcement officials or those who have received prior written authorization from the Campus Safety Officer or the Campus-wide Safety Coordinator. The term “weapons” includes, but is not limited to: firearms, ammunition, explosives, knives, swords, projectile weapons, and poisons. It further includes replica or facsimile weapons used in artistic performances and weapons used for athletic purposes (such as a foil). The term “possession” includes, but is not limited to, storage of a weapon in the dormitory, in lockers, desks, briefcases, laboratories, studios, or a weapon carried (notoriously or concealed) on the person. An object (e.g., a steel rod) that would otherwise not be considered a weapon may be considered as such if wielded against another. Hazardous chemicals that are not approved for use in a laboratory or studio (or are approved for use, but are intentionally misused) may be classified as a weapon.
The Cooper Union Weapons Policy is in addition to, and may be more restrictive than, weapons regulations that may be imposed by Federal, State, and City law. With respect to Cooper Union personnel (faculty, staff and student workers), possession of weapons on campus is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment—consistent with any applicable employment manuals or union contracts.
With respect to students, possession of weapons on campus or while attending or participating in a Cooper Union-sponsored activity off campus is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, consistent with procedures in the Campus Safety, Security and Fire Report and Cooper Union’s Code of Conduct.
In the event that a written request to use a weapon for a special purpose is granted by the Safety Officer or the Safety Coordinator, written permission to use the weapon may come with limitations, such as where, when and how the weapon may be used, where the weapon is to be stored when not in use, or how the weapon may be rendered safe. Failure to comply with such limitations will result in permission being withdrawn and possible disciplinary action.
Reporting Concerns About Weapons, Violence, and Destruction of Property
Cooper Union expects all members of the campus community to help maintain safety and security at the institution and at Cooper-sponsored activities off campus. All students, faculty, and staff who have knowledge of weapons on campus have an obligation to report that knowledge promptly to the Safety Officer or the Campus-wide Safety Coordinator. Persons concerned about an imminent threat of violence or about the imminent destruction of property have an obligation to report that concern immediately to local police via 911.