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Guide to Campus Living - Pet/Service Animal Policies

Pet Policy

  • Fish in a 10-gallon tank or smaller are the only permitted pet for on-campus residents.
  • Neglect of fish will result in a student conduct referral and possible loss of pet privilege.
  • The university does not permit students to have any other pets inside the residence halls, including pets belonging to visiting guests.

Service Animals Policy

  • Animals trained to assist persons with documented disabilities may qualify as service animals and may be permitted to live in the residence hall when authorized by The Office of Disability Services.
  • Service animals must be easily recognized as such by others. Service animals must be in the immediate control of the person to whom they are assigned and may not be allowed to be treated as a pet by others.
  • Service animals must be in good health and current with all required vaccinations.
  • Because of health standards, service animals must be kept clean at all times and it is the responsibility of the student to make the necessary cleaning and grooming arrangements. Residence hall facilities such as showers, sinks, tubs and the like may not be used for this purpose.
  • Service animals must not be an undue annoyance to other residents (excessive noise, smells, physically threatening, etc.) nor cause damage to the property of others or damage to university provided property.
  • If the accommodation to the student of the service animal becomes unreasonable by violation of this policy, or becoming a health threat (allergies, etc) disability or safety concern to another, the student must cooperate with Residence Life staff, Disability Services, and others as appropriate to resolve the conflict. This may require a change in housing arrangements including modification or discontinuance of the accommodation, or reassignment to another room, residential unit or residence hall.
  • Service animals cannot be left unattended in the residence halls, even for short periods of time.

Updated 10/22/2013


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