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University Policy on Pets and Animals - 6F1

  1. No animals are permitted in University buildings or facilities, with the exception of the following: service animals for persons with disabilities; animals used by law enforcement or emergency personnel in the exercise of their official duties; animals used in academic programs for teaching or research; animals used in University sponsored or approved programs; or animals approved pursuant to University Housing resident guidelines, including emotional support or therapy animals for residents with disabilities. Approved emotional support or therapy animals (other than those exempted above) are not permitted in any University buildings other than Housing units and must be approved in advance pursuant to the University Housing Emotional Support Animals Procedures, which may be found at:
  2. All animals brought onto any campus must be leashed or caged, unless inside of a Housing unit, and under the constant supervision and control of their owner or other responsible individual. Animals that are unleashed, or unattended if leashed, on University property may be impounded.
  3. Animals shall not be disruptive to academic, programmatic or administrative functions (e.g., barking inside of a building). In the event that an animal is disruptive, an opportunity to regain control will be offered. If the disruption continues, the owner may be asked to remove the animal from the premises, as discussed in Paragraph 7 below.
  4. The owner or individual responsible for an animal's presence on any campus shall be responsible for the removal and sanitary disposal of any excrement deposited by the animal on University property.
  5. The owners of animals brought onto any campus are strictly liable for any damage to property or injury to persons caused by their animals.
  6. If applicable, all animals brought onto any campus must be vaccinated and/or licensed as required by state or local laws.
  7. In the event that an owner is unable to maintain control of their animal, or the animal poses an immediate risk or danger to itself, people or property, University personnel may ask the owner to remove their animal from the premises or the immediate area. In the event that an animal is excluded from an event due to the animal's behavior, the owner will be offered the opportunity to return to the event or building without the animal, and to receive reasonable assistance in order to participate.

Persons wishing to report a loose or unattended animal, or those who wish to inquire about an animal that may have been impounded should contact the University Police at 618-650-3324. Individuals with questions regarding the implementation of this policy should contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration at 618-650-2536.

Approved by Chancellor effective 3/20/19
This policy was issued on March 21, 2019, replacing the September 23, 2015 version.
Document Reference: 6F1
Origin: EB 2-3; OC 1/11/13; OC 9/22/15; OC 3/20/19

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