Pets

Effective Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of Residential Life

Affected Parties

Undergrads in Residence

Policy Statement

While pets can add to and enhance the lives of many of us, they can be a health or emotional risk for others. For example, animal dander can stay in a room for months after the pet has vacated the room, endangering members of our residential community who have severe allergies.

  • Students may not at any time be in possession of animals, even for short term visits, in College owned or operated residential facilities, except for fish.
  • Fish may be kept in a 10-gallon or smaller tank. The occupants of the room will assume all charges for damages related to the use or malfunction of the aquarium.
  • Privately-owned Greek letter organizations and Society houses develop their own policies regarding pets.

Violations of the pet policy carry the following potential sanctions:

  • Students keeping animals in or outside these buildings will be fined $50 for each offense and will be responsible for any related maintenance charges.
  • Resident(s) will have 48 hours after first being contacted by a College official to permanently relocate the animal to an off-campus location.
  • Repeat offenses can result in the immediate and permanent loss of housing privileges in College residential facilities and the forfeiture of any potential rent refund due under the normal rent refund policy.