Pets on Campus



For reasons of safety, health, and sanitation, pets of any type are not allowed in any University-owned building.  This policy includes University residence halls.


  • Service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Animals professionally trained for theatrical purposes and directly supervised by show personnel within a controlled environment.

Any dogs or other domestic animals on University grounds must be in the control of their owners.  Under no circumstances should animals be allowed to run loose or be tied to buildings, handrails, trees, bicycle racks, or other objects.  Any infractions or complaints should be brought to the attention of the Department of Public Safety at extension 7777.


  • Health: Pets allowed in campus buildings pose health-related problems to building occupants. Examples of detrimental health effects associated with animal/human contact include, but are not limited to:  allergies associated with pet hair or urine; animal to human disease transmissions; the potential for animal bites.
  • Safety: In the event of an emergency building evacuation, animals in campus buildings have the potential to impede occupant egress.

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