St. Mary’s College of Maryland prohibits the unauthorized use or possession of weapons and other dangerous objects on College property and at College-sponsored activities or events. This includes such items on one’s person, in one’s on-campus residence, in one’s automobile on campus, or in any other property or personal effects of any student at any time. For the purpose of this policy, the term “weapon” includes any potentially dangerous object or substance including, but not limited to, any firearm (including any weapon or instrument from which a shot, projectile, or other object may be discharged by force, whether operable or inoperable, loaded or unloaded); any deadly weapon, defined as any instrument, item, or material readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury; any BB gun, pellet gun, air rifle/pistol, paint gun, sword (including decorative), or other martial arts weapon; any bomb (or other explosive material), any knife with a blade longer than three inches (other than a kitchen knife used exclusively for food preparation/consumption in residences with kitchens), switchblade, billy club, blackjack, bludgeon, metal knuckles, slingshot, razor, bicycle chain, or ice pick; or any explosive
chemical or device including a substance or a combination of substances possessed or prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation, including fireworks and illegal or potentially dangerous chemicals; or any instrument which by its nature or circumstances present may be reasonably construed as a weapon.
The College reserves the right to confiscate prohibited items and to hold those items for appropriate disposition. Students found responsible for a violation of this policy may be subject to housing contract revocation and/or suspension or expulsion from the College and may also be referred to law enforcement authorities for criminal action.