Ohio University

44.120: Animals

Status:

Approved

Effective:

April 25, 2018

Initiated by:

Steve Wood | Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Safety

Endorsed by:

Elizabeth Sayrs | Interim Executive Vice President and Provost

Approved by:

M. Duane Nellis | President

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  1. Purpose

    This policy describes the limitations relative to animals and animal pets in Ohio university-owned buildings, outside areas, and vehicles.

  2. Plan

    Animals and animal pets are generally not permitted within Ohio university buildings or vehicles. The only exceptions to this prohibition are:

    1. Animals used in current teaching, research, and clinical activities, as approved by the office of research compliance.

    2. Assistance animals or service animals for persons living with disabilities, or those animals being trained for such a purpose, as defined and approved by law; in accordance with procedures outlined by student accessibility services and the office for university equity and civil rights compliance

    3. Fish in an aquarium of a capacity of thirty gallons or less (larger sizes must be approved by the department of environmental health and safety).

    4. Animals required by law (e.g., patrol dogs accompanying police or security officers).

    5. Pets owned by live-in staff residing in campus housing must comply with live-in professional staff policy and be approved by the department of environmental health and safety.

    All dogs in outside areas must be leashed, in accordance with Ohio leash laws. Leashed animals must not be left unattended and must not be tied to trees, railings, or similar immovable objects.

Reviewers

Proposed revisions of this policy should be reviewed by:

  1. President

  2. Executive Vice President and Provost

  3. Executive Staff

  4. Vice President for Research

  5. Vice President for Student Affairs

  6. Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Safety

  7. Director of Environmental Health and Safety

  8. Executive Director of Residential Housing

  9. Dean of Students

  10. ADA/504 Coordinator, Office for University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance

  11. Executive Director for University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance

  12. Assistant Dean for Student Accessibility