Appeals Board upholds Gonzaga students' gun punishment



Posted on December 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 7:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—The Appeals Board at Gonzaga University upheld the decision to punish two students who had firearms in their campus apartment.  One of the students, Erik Fagan, confirmed the decision to KREM 2 News Monday afternoon.

GU leaders put Fagan and Dan McIntosh on indefinite probation for having guns on University property in November. School leaders cited that the students had violated a GU Weapon’s Policy. The two students tried to appeal the decision because they wanted the violation taken off their student records.

The students argue that because Gonzaga does not actually own but instead leases the building they live in that they should not be punished for not following the University’s weapons policy.

The incident that lead to their punishment began October 24 when a felon knocked on the students’ door.
WATCH: Gonzaga Univ. students allowed to stay following gun incident

Fagan said the felon knocked on their apartment door asking for money. One of the roommates brought out a gun to scare the felon away. That man was later arrested. Gonzaga officials said the students violated school policy by having a firearm on Gonzaga property.

Campus Security officers became concerned that the two students had guns on campus owned property and entered their apartment in the middle of the night and took them away from the students.

The University decided not to expel the students. They were put on probation instead.

WATCH: Campus Security officers return guns to Gonzaga Univ. students

The students received their firearms back on November 12. One gun belongs to Dan McIntosh. The other belongs to his roommate Erik Fagan. The men told KREM 2 News that their attorney will be holding their guns for now.