Animal Research

F. HOP #8-1060 Laboratories (2)

2. The concealed carry of handguns is prohibited in animal-research facilities and other animal-care and animal-use locations in which protocols regulating entrance and exit ways create a risk that a concealed handgun will accidentally discharge, be contaminated, or be separated from a license holder. Notice conforming to Texas Penal Code, Section 30.06 will be provided.

The concealed carry of handguns is prohibited in animal research facilities and other animal-care and animal-use locations in which protocols regulating entrance and exit ways create a risk that a concealed handgun will accidentally discharge, be contaminated, or be separated from a license holder. Notice conforming to Texas Penal Code, Section 30.06, will be provided.

Implementation: F. Laboratories 2

A similar process was used to determine the extent of exclusion in the animal research facilities. Any animal research areas that are also classified as High Hazard will be excluded on that basis. Criteria have also been developed to identify other animal research areas as “animal facilities” and/or “care and use areas.” Such locations are most likely to encompass sensitive environments that may include clothing restrictions and other protective requirements that could increase risks of weapon discharge, contamination, or unanticipated separation of a handgun from the license holder.

The term “Animal Research Facility” (which is specifically mentioned in the policy for exclusion) has been defined for these purposes as a group of rooms that are managed as a defined unit dedicated to animal housing and use. In these locations, animal holding, procedure and support rooms are located behind a defined, secure perimeter with access via anterooms, directly connecting doors, or service hallways. Many of these areas are managed by the Animal Research Center (ARC), but others are Principle Investigator (PI) maintained.

In addition to the locations that can be considered “facilities,” there are a variety of individual rooms across campus, that are also used primarily for the housing and care of research animals. These rooms are interspersed throughout various research buildings, but the task force was able to identify a clear, existing criteria to define these exclusion areas. The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for approving locations used for permanent (longer than 12-24 hour) animal holding, and it has been recommended that any rooms on that list that are fully dedicated to animal holding will be excluded. This will result in approximately 12 rooms being posted as exclusion zones. Approved animal handlers may remove animals from the animal research facilities or dedicated animal-care locations listed above and take them to a number of other laboratory locations across campus for short-term (i.e. up to 12-24 hour) use. In addition, a few laboratories have been approved to keep a small number of animals in a laboratory hood or other temporary location near an imaging or behavioral testing room for a few days to up to several weeks. However, the locations for these activities are numerous and fluctuate much more than the defined facilities or locations listed above. They also generally do not involve special entry/egress requirements, are not designed as specialized spaces, and are often used for multiple purposes. These areas are not recommended as excluded areas by the task force.