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Pets on Campus

Pets on campus grounds are to be properly leashed by the owner/handler at all times or will be subject to removal by an appropriate public agency. The owner/handler is responsible for cleaning up after the pet. Further, pets are not allowed into campus buildings/structures or into any areas that serve food and/or beverage, except for circumstances noted below.

Exception (1) Service Animals 
The ADA defines Service Animals as dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, etc. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

Exception (2) Approved Emotional Support Animals 
Students must have an approved accommodation from the Office of Student Disability Services in order to have an emotional support animal in the residence halls. All requests are to be directed to the Director of Student Disability Services for consideration. 

Students with an approved accomodation for an emotional support animal must abide by all aspects of the Service and Emotional Support Animals Campus Housing Policy.

Exception (3) Residence Hall Aquariums

Fish (in tanks with maximum capacity of ten gallons) are the only pets (excluding noted Exceptions) which may be kept in student rooms with the permission of roommates. Violators of these policies regarding pets will minimally be fined $100.00 for each infraction. Exceptions will not be made for any temporary keeping of pets.

Petitions for other exceptions are to be directed to the Director of Campus Safety for consideration.