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A listening session for a proposed policy to establish guidelines for animals on campus will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 3, in the Carver Room of the Havener Center. The campus community is encouraged to attend. The proposed policy is as follows:
POLICY SUMMARY: This policy applies to all university-controlled buildings and grounds. This policy standardizes Missouri S&T’s position on the management of animals at Missouri S&T.
POLICY ORIGIN: Historically, there have been concerns regarding animals in university buildings and on the grounds. These complaints originate from faculty, staff and students and include: disruption in the classroom or laboratory, allergies, fear of bites or fear of the animal in general, and sanitation of the buildings and grounds. The purpose of this policy is to provide for the health and safety of Missouri S&T faculty, staff, students and visitors and for the protection of Missouri S&T’s property/assets.
DEFINITIONS: University-controlled buildings and grounds: Buildings and grounds that are owned, operated, leased and/or maintained by Missouri S&T.
Service animal: Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. For the purpose of this policy, police K-9s are also considered service animals as well as any other animal that works for emergency personnel.
Assistance animal: Any type of animal that may or may not be specially trained but provides therapeutic benefit, such as alleviating or mitigating some symptoms of a mental or psychiatric disability. Assistance animals are not considered service animals.
Research and teaching animals: Approved animals used directly in support of Missouri S&T’s mission of teaching and research as used in accordance with guidelines established by Missouri S&T’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
Wild or feral animal: A non-domesticated animal (e.g. stray cats or dogs, raccoons, squirrels, etc.).
University-controlled buildings: It is prohibited to bring animals inside any university-controlled building, except for the animals listed in the exceptions section of this policy. Any animal found within a university-controlled building not exempted from this policy may be impounded.
NOTE: Residence Halls are managed and operated under the Department of Residential Life. Please see the exceptions to this policy for further information about animals allowed in residence halls.
University-controlled grounds: All animals brought onto university-controlled grounds must be leashed or in a caged enclosure and under the control of a person who is capable to do so. All animals which are unleashed, or leashed and unattended, on university-controlled grounds are subject to impoundment. A loose animal trailing a leash, or one tied to a fixed object, is not under the control of a person. Animals left unattended in motor vehicles on Missouri S&T property are subject to impoundment if they become a nuisance or if the welfare of the animal(s) is threatened. Animal owners are responsible for cleaning up any messes made by their animal.
Anyone who brings an animal onto university-controlled buildings and grounds assumes all financial responsibility for any damages to property or injury to individuals caused by the animal.
It is prohibited to intervene with wild or feral animals that are in university-controlled buildings and grounds. Intervention may include, but is not limited to, feeding, building or providing shelters, or injecting medication. If the wild or feral animal poses a potential risk to a person, is causing property damage or creating a nuisance, it will be humanely relocated.
EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY:
The following animals are permitted within a university-controlled building:
The Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration may grant additional one-time exceptions beyond those specifically listed above based on a reasonable request to bring an animal(s) into a university-controlled building (e.g., a department wishes to have a fish aquarium in the main office, etc.).
Individuals are encouraged to practice peer enforcement of this policy. Violations may be reported to the Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, and will be addressed by the appropriate authority, supervisor or administrator.
Members of the chancellor’s cabinet reviewed the proposed policy and made the following comments:
Comments received on proposed Animal policy
as of 9/22/2016