University of Hartford’s Student Handbook policies leave students vulnerable by making it unlawful to carry pepper spray or tasers on campus. The Handbook’s “Weapons Guidelines” section stats that the the “possession and/or use of…dangerous instruments is not permitted.” The handbook goes on to include tasers and any “substance…is capable of causing serious physical injury.” Pepper spray and tasers are common tools used by vulnerable students to keep themselves safe. The UHart administration should not interfere with students’ ability to defend themselves. Students have the right to defend themselves off campus and do not lose their right to protect themselves when they enter a college campus. I hereby petition the University of Hartford administration to amend the Student Handbook and restore our right to self defense on campus.
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