POLICY #5114.1
 
NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
POSSESSION OF WEAPONS POLICY
 
 
Possession of Weapons by Students
 
Any student in possession of a firearm as defined in 18 USC 921 or deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, or martial arts weapon as defined in section 53a-3 of the Connecticut General Statutes is subject to disciplinary consequences as well as criminal and civil liabilities per state statute. Students are prohibited from possessing firearms, deadly weapons, dangerous instruments or martial arts weapons for any reason, whether otherwise lawful or not, on the property of The Norwich Free Academy. Any such incident shall be immediately referred to law enforcement officials.
 
It is the policy of The Norwich Free Academy to expel a student for one (1) calendar year in compliance with Connecticut General Statutes section 10-233d if the Trustees, subcommittee of the Trustees, or an impartial hearing officer determines that a student, while on-campus or at a school-sponsored activity was in possession of a firearm as defined in 18 USC 921 or deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, or martial arts weapon as defined in section 53a-3 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
 
In addition to mandatory one year expulsions for possession of a firearm as defined in 18 USC 921 or deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, or martial arts weapon as defined in section 53a-3 of the Connecticut General Statutes, students may be subject to exclusion and discipline, up to and including suspension and a formal expulsion, for possession of instruments and objects while on-campus or at a school-sponsored activity which can be used to cause injury to others even if not legally defined as firearms, deadly weapons, dangerous instruments or martial arts weapons under state and/or federal law.
 
It is the policy of The Norwich Free Academy to expel a student for one (1) calendar year if the Trustees, subcommittee of the Trustees, or an impartial hearing officer determines that a student, while off-campus and at non-school related activities was in possession of a firearm in violation of Connecticut General Statutes Section 29-35 or used a firearm in the commission of a crime; or was in possession of and used a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon in the commission of a crime.
 
In addition to mandatory one year expulsions for serious off-campus misconduct, students may be subject to exclusion and discipline per Board policy for off-campus misconduct at non-school related activities involving the possession and/or use of dangerous instruments and objects which can be used to cause injury to others even if not legally defined as dangerous instruments under state and/or federal law.
 
Possession of Weapons by Non-Students
 
Any person while on the property of The Norwich Free Academy who is in possession of a weapon is subject to criminal and civil liabilities per state statute. The issuance of a permit to
 
carry a firearm does not authorize the possession of a firearm on school property; such otherwise lawful possession of a firearm is prohibited on school property. Any person in possession of a weapon on the property of The Norwich Free Academy shall be immediately referred to law enforcement officials. An exception to this policy applies to law enforcement officials in possession of a weapon while on the property of The Norwich Free Academy in compliance with respective law enforcement agency policy and all relevant statutes.
 
 
 
 
 
Legal Reference:          Connecticut General Statutes P.A. 98-129
Pilot: The Norwich Free Academy Student Handbook
See Also:                      Policy 5114.3 Student Discipline For Behavior On-Campus And At School-Sponsored Activities
Policy 5131.8 Student Discipline For Off-Campus Behavior Pilot: The Norwich Free Academy Student Handbook
Policy adopted:            December 8, 1992
Policy revised:              October 12, 1994
February 2, 1999
May 22, 2007
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