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UTRGV Campus Carry Working Group Releases Interim Recommendations Report

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JAN. 14, 2016 – The Senate Bill 11 Campus Carry Working Group at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced it has completed its interim recommendations report.

The report, which is available here, has been reviewed and approved by President Guy Bailey. The provisions established by UTRGV take effect unless amended by the UT System Board of Regents at a meeting later this spring. The campus carry law goes into effect Aug. 1.

The working group is chaired by Ben Reyna, UTRGV associate vice president for security and campus affairs. In the past three months, the working group has met in person and via teleconference to review, discuss, debate and consider recommendations made during town hall meetings, at other forums and through email submissions to the campus carry email address.

For more information, visit the campus carry website at


Founding President Guy Bailey:

“I have reviewed the report and approve the interim recommendations submitted by the working group. The working group was asked to follow two guiding principles: Comply with the law, and maintain safe and secure campus environments. This plan attains that delicate balance, and I commend Ben Reyna and all members of the working group for their achievement and service.”

Ben Reyna, chair of campus carry working group and associate vice president for security and campus affairs:

“The UTRGV Campus Carry Working Group sincerely appreciates the opportunity to serve and provide interim recommendations on the implementation of Senate Bill 11 (S.B. 11), known as the ‘campus carry’ law.”

“Our charge was to discuss S.B. 11 and determine how it would apply at UTRGV; consult with internal and external campus community stakeholders by seeking comments and perspectives; and gather information to develop recommendations for campus-specific rules, policies and practices that focus on UTRGV’s unique campus environments. The working group’s guiding principles were to maintain UTRGV’s commitment to complying with the law while maintaining safe and secure campus environments.”

“The working group expresses its sincere thanks to the large number of participants who shared ideas, concerns and perspectives on this issue. Reaching the best recommendations on how to implement the provisions of S.B. 11 at UTRGV would not have been possible without the extensive and active participation of hundreds of students, faculty, staff and members of our external communities.”

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