Decision to Arm Iowa's Campus Cops was Long Struggle

Iowa regents reverse policy on arming campus police

Gartner read from a section of the policy that detailed "officers shall carry firearms" and simply stated, "wow."

He felt the university administrators should have discretion.

Regent David Miles disagreed, stating there should be a consistent policy across the Regent institutions.

"I think this is a significant enough policy action that it should be made at the board level. I think we should settle the matter and make a choice," Miles said.

The final vote dictated that all three universities would arm officers. The board also suspended a second reading of the policy, meaning the Wednesday vote is final.

The actual vote was on a larger policy dealing with overall campus safety. Some other issues addressed in the policy included public transportation, lighting and security escorts for women.

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