Seattle University
Human Resources Policy Manual

Appendix G: Animals on Campus

Policy Statement

The University recognizes the important role animals can play in the lives of employees and students. At the same time, certain animals are not suitable companions to bring on campus, and there are people who have fears or allergies associated with certain animals. Therefore, no animals, with the exception of service dogs and animals being used for instructional purposes, are allowed in campus buildings during hours of instruction or normal business operations. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the vice president/provost responsible for the operational area where a person seeks to have an animal inside campus buildings.

1. Definitions

For the purposes of the policy, the following definitions apply:

1.1 dog owner - anyone who brings a dog to campus.
1.2 dog - a domesticated dog.
1.3 service dog - any guide dog, signal dog, or other dog individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability (as defined by applicable laws and regulations).
1.4 demonstration animal - an animal used by faculty members for teaching purposes (procedures governing the use of lab animals on University property are addressed by the Animal Usage Committee or other appropriate offices and committees).

2. Animals on Campus and in Work Areas

No animal other than a dog, a service dog, or a demonstration animal may be on university property at any time. No dogs, except service dogs, are permitted in classroom buildings during hours of instruction or normal business operations. If a vice president/provost has approved the presence of a dog in a work area during hours of instruction or normal business operations, the dog owner must post a sign in the office area stating that a dog is present. At no time are dogs, except for service dogs, permitted in food service areas such as the Sidebar, the Bottom Line, or the Cherry Street Market. Employees are permitted to have in their work area fish in aquariums holding 10 gallons of water or less.

3. Animals in Residence Halls

The University's Student Handbook, Guide to Residence Hall Living, and related residence life policies govern the presence of animals in University housing.

4. Areas of Campus Where and When Dogs and Demonstration Animals Are Allowed Without Prior Approval

For the purposes of the policy, the following definitions apply:

4.1 Service dogs are authorized throughout campus at all times.
4.2 Dogs are allowed outdoors on the University's property at all times, subject to the requirements of Section 5.
4.3 Dogs are allowed in work areas or campus buildings at times other than hours of instruction or normal business operations, subject to the requirements of Section 5.
4.4 Faculty members may take demonstration animals into classrooms and instructional facilities only for teaching purposes.

5. Dog Owner's Responsibilities

Whenever a dog is on the University's campus in accordance with this policy, the dog must be kept on a leash or under voice control at all times. The dog owner is responsible for caring for the dog, ensuring the safe and responsible behavior of the dog, and preventing the dog from chasing squirrels, birds, or other wildlife on campus. The dog owner is also responsible for cleaning up all messes the dog may make, including properly disposing of waste the dog leaves in outdoor areas of campus (this does not apply to service dogs and their owners).

6. Complaint Resolution

When a concern is raised about an animal on campus, employees and students are encouraged to inform the person with the animal about the university's policy. If a concern is not resolved, employees should consult their immediate supervisor or Human Resources, and students should consult Student Development. Human Resources and Student Development have the authority to make final determinations about individual cases.

7. Information and Questions

Questions about this policy should be directed to Human Resources at ext. 5870. Questions about animals in university housing should be directed to Residence Life and Housing at ext. 6305. Students with questions about animals in other campus buildings should contact Student Development at ext. 6066. Questions about proper cleanup of indoor dog messes should be directed to Campus Support Services at ext. 2639.


Last modified on Monday, July 06, 2009