WEST virginia Legislature
2021 regular session
House Bill 2978
By Delegates Martin, Horst, Holstein, Bridges, J. Jeffries, Sypolt, Paynter, Pritt, Hott, Wamsley and Mandt
[Introduced March 08, 2021; Referred to the Committee on Education then the Judiciary]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18B-4-5a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to permitting the carrying of concealed weapons on the campus of a state institution of higher education.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 4. GENERAL ADMINISTRATION.
§18B-4-5a. Crimes committed on campus of institutions of higher education; permitting concealed weapons on campus.
(a) The president or a designee of each state institution of higher education shall, on a regular and timely basis, provide information to the public concerning alleged crimes occurring on the institution’s property which have been reported to a campus police officer or any other officer of the institution.
(1) A crime is considered reported when:
(A) A campus police officer or other officer of the institution determines that the report is credible;
(B) The report is submitted in writing and attested to by the victim on forms at the institution for such purpose; or
(C) The institution is notified by a law-enforcement agency of the reporting of a crime alleged to have occurred on the institution’s property.
(2) Such reports are referred within 24 hours to the appropriate law-enforcement agencies, as defined in §30-29-1 of this code, for further investigation.
(b) For the state institutions of higher education under the jurisdiction of the Governing Board of Marshall University and for the state institution of higher education known as West Virginia University only, the campus police shall investigate a crime within their respective jurisdictions for up to 30 days if the county prosecuting attorney does not reassign the case to another agency sooner.
(c) The information required to be made available to the public regarding the crime report shall be available within 10 days of the report. The information shall include the nature of the criminal offense, the date of the offense, the general location of the offense (such as a designation of a specific building or area of the campus) and the time of day when the offense occurred.
(1) This subsection does not require the release of any information which may disclose the identity of the victim.
(2) The institution shall withhold the information required to be made available to the public for a longer period upon certification of investigative need that the information be withheld from the public.
(A) The certification shall be filed by an officer of one of the investigating law-enforcement agencies with the president of the institution or the designee to whom the duties required by this section have been delegated.
(B) The required information may not be withheld after an arrest has been made in connection with the crime report.
(d) For purposes of this section, “crime” is defined as those offenses required to be reported under the federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, as amended. “Crime” includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arrests for liquor, drug, or weapons laws violations: Provided, That it is not unlawful for individuals who have been issued state licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons pursuant to §61-7-4 of this code to carry such a weapon on the campus of a state institution of higher education.
(e) The Council and
Commission shall provide crime reporting forms to institutions under their
respective jurisdictions and promulgate a rule pursuant to
the provisions of
§29A-3-1 et seq. of this code as necessary to implement this section.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit the carrying of concealed weapons on the campus of a state institution of higher education by individuals who have been issued state licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons pursuant to W. Va. Code, §61-7-4.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.