In 2011, Wisconsin Act 35 legalized the concealed carry of firearms and other weapons in the state of Wisconsin. The existing University of Wisconsin System administrative code reads, “No person may carry, possess or use any dangerous weapon on university lands or in university buildings or facilities, except with the written approval of the chief administrative officer or for law enforcement purposes.” Wisconsin Act 35 supersedes this code, but the code will continue to remain in force for other “dangerous weapons” not covered in the concealed-carry law.
The university is not exempt from Wisconsin Act 35; however, the university is allowed to take certain actions regarding work places and employees. The university is taking several steps to protect staff, faculty and students while remaining in compliance with the law. These steps include posting signs in all facilities and buildings to indicate that firearms and weapons are prohibited in the facility/building.