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Published May 08, 2014, 07:14 PM

NDSU Fencing Club faces new opponent in school policy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The NDSU Fencing Club's newest opponent is a school policy. The university's weapons ban says the group's equipment disqualifies them from practicing on campus.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The NDSU Fencing Club's newest opponent is a school policy.

The university's weapons ban says the group's equipment disqualifies them from practicing on campus.

The Fencing Club originally had 30 students sign up.

But only a fraction of those are able to make it to off-campus practice held at Grace Lutheran School.

NDSU considers the sport's metal sabers to be weapons.

But fencers contend the equipment has no sharp edges and is no more dangerous than a baseball bat.

Jaime Jensen/Vice President, NDSU Fencing Club: “I think all of us are more than willing to meet with safety officials and kind of come up with a plan where we could meet on campus, but, you know, perhaps our equipment is kept under lock and key until practice hours or something of that nature.”

UND and MSUM both allow their fencing clubs to practice on campus. And the NDSU club is hoping to use those schools as a model.

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