Gonzaga re-evaluates weapons policy after intruder incident
Gonzaga University will re-examine its policy prohibiting weapons in student housing after an outcry over two students facing expulsion because they chased an intruder at gunpoint.
The Associated Press
SPOKANE — Gonzaga University announced over the weekend that it would re-examine its weapons policy after the public outcry over two students facing expulsion after they chased an aggressive intruder from their home at gunpoint.
Seniors Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh were found in violation of the school’s policy prohibiting weapons in university-owned housing. McIntosh chased a man demanding money from the doorstep of their apartment Oct. 24.
University security guards confiscated McIntosh’s 10-mm Glock pistol after the incident, as well as a hunting shotgun belonging to Fagan. Students are not allowed to have guns in their homes if they live on campus or in a university-owned apartment.
The incident opens the door to “thoughtful evaluation” of the policy, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh said in a statement Saturday.
Vice President for Student Development Judi Biggs Garbuio will work with the Gonzaga Student Body Association and the Residence Hall Association to “facilitate a campus dialogue,” McCulloh said.
In the meantime, McCulloh added, GU’s Student Handbook and its Code of Conduct will remain in effect for all Gonzaga students.