Lone Star College in the Houston area has initiated discussions on the implementation of the "campus carry" law, which will allow licensed individuals to bring concealed weapons into campus buildings. Most media reports so far have involved universities, which must have a plan by August 1, 2016. Community colleges have an extra year to get ready, but the process has begun.
Here's an article in the Houston Chronicle by Bryan Kirk.
Two-year colleges may have a different task than many universities. For one thing, most community colleges don't have dormitories, though some do. Also, a wider variety of sites are used for instruction—centers, remote locations, and classes held in retail facilities such as shopping malls, for instance. Presumably guns will remain off limits at classes taught in public schools. Licensed carriers must be 21 or in the military.
It behooves us to pay attention to community colleges as they formulate plans over the next year. Large and small institutions can share ideas on common challenges.
From the Chronicle piece:
Some of the anticipated prohibitions will include excluding concealed fire arms in laboratory classroom facilities, science labs, gymnasiums, or in areas that are exclusive to minors, such as campus day care center and segments of the campus that cater specifically to high school-aged students.
Areas like these would be deemed as safe zones in the new policy and would be identified with signage, [Lone Star College Police Chief Paul] Willingham said.
By the same token, colleges cannot single out or maintain a database of conceal handgun permit holders.
The licensee, however, has an obligation to ensure the weapon is safely secured and concealed when it is being carried.
That means if the weapon is noticeable beneath the clothing - known as printing - law enforcement will likely be called.