Pet Policy

Pets are not permitted in any student housing with the exception of fish in 10 gallon tanks or smaller. No other pets or animals are permitted in student residences at any time, even for a brief visit. Students and their roommates who have an unapproved pet or animal found in their residence are subject to the following:

First Offense: $300 fine and referral to the Student Judicial Board

Second and Subsequent Offenses:  $500 fine and further judicial action up to and including suspension
Regular follow up visits will be made to ensure the animal has been removed.

Students who, because of a disability, seek approval for an assistance animal must request a reasonable accommodation through Accessibility Services.  This is a formal process that requires appropriate supporting documentation. A determination is then made regarding whether it is reasonable for the animal to be on campus. For policies regarding service animals, please contact Accessibility Services.

Students must not bring the assistance animal to campus until they have received approval from Accessibility Services and Residential Life.  Any student who has an animal in residence prior to approval is subject to a fine and judicial action.

The University has a pet policy because of the health and safety considerations of our students and staff and the challenges presented by adding animals to our already densely-populated residential campus. Students who disregard this policy undermine the legitimate needs of other students and the campus community.  We ask that if you currently have an unauthorized pet on campus, please remove it from campus and not bring it back for the spring semester.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residential Life at or Accessibility Services (Contact page).