Two Gonzaga University students have been placed on indefinite probation for violating the university's weapons policy after they protected themselves with their gun from a six-time convicted felon.
The incident happened at an apartment located at 207 E. Sinto Ave. near the Gonzaga University campus. Two weeks ago a stranger knocked on Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh's apartment door asking for money. The students say the man got aggressive and that's when McIntosh pulled out a pistol scaring the felon away.
The two live at an off-campus apartment that is run by Gonzaga University. Therefore, guns aren't allowed. The students say they weren't aware of this rule and don't feel like they did anything wrong.
While they didn't get suspended or expelled for violating the school's policy, Fagan and McIntosh aren't entirely pleased with the probation decision and plan to appeal it.
"This incident will be on our educational records. When we apply for jobs and stuff like that when they asked about an incident, we are going to have to declare this," Erik Fagan said.
In light of this incident, Gonzaga University says it will re-examine the school's weapons policy.
"We want to hear from their voice and the voice of others who have concerns about this policy," Earl Martin, Executive Vice President of Gonzaga, said.
Fagan and McIntosh's apartment is off-campus but it is run by the university. Gonzaga has a 99-year lease on the facility. Even though the apartment is not owned by GU, the university says it is still a campus residential facility and students have to abide by certain rules.
"I am very confident we are fully within our rights and responsibillites to manage this property approatiely for students," Martin said.
If Fagan or McIntosh violate the school weapon's policy again or another University policy, they could be expelled or suspended. They have 10 days to appeal the decision.