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​While pets can be a source of much enjoyment, they can also pose a potential threat to the health and safety of the campus community. Nevertheless, it is recognized that many pets are well behaved and may be brought on campus by responsible persons.

In order to balance the needs of these pet owners with the necessity to ensure other faculty, staff, students, and visitors may safely and comfortable use our campus facilities, the following rules will apply when pet animals are brought on University property.

  • Pet animals are generally permitted on campus only while leashed and under the direct control of their owners.
  • Owners are responsible for cleaning up all animal excrement on University grounds and must dispose of the excrement properly.
  • Pet animals are not permitted in any campus food service area, swimming pool or bathing place, athletic event area, or within any buildings unless excepted as described in this policy.
  • Trained service animals, such as guide dogs for the blind, as well as other official service animals, are permitted on campus and in buildings in accordance with applicable laws. Contact Human Resources for assistance with these issues.
  • Official university mascots are permitted on campus and in designated facilities.
  • Animals used for research projects that have been approved by the Animal Control and Use Committee are permitted on campus and in designated buildings where the research is conducted.
  • Faculty, staff and students who have extenuating circumstances and wish to bring pet animals into buildings must request an exception from this policy as described below. However, even if approved, pet animals will not be permitted in administrative areas or classrooms.
  • Always be responsible and respectful of others and remember that permission to have pets on campus is a privilege.
An exception to this policy must be approved in writing by the Dean, Director, or Department Head responsible for the facility, after review by Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) for each particular case. If EH&S and LAR do not find any reason to recommend against this course of action, the Dean, Director, or Department Head will be advised that they may proceed with granting an exception if they feel it is appropriate. This determination must take into account the nature of the extenuating circumstaances that may warrant this consideration, the preferences and ability of others occupying shared and neighboring spaces to use their areas as intended without interference, and many other health and safety issues. If an exception is granted, a signed copy of the agreement, or similarly used documentation, should be forwarded to EH&S and the approved location for the pet animals must be posted prominently.
Examples of forms that may be used for exception approval by the Dean, Director, or Department Head can be found here:

Enforcement of this animal control policy should be by the Dean, Director, or Department Head responsible for the specific facility.

Standards and authority for implementation of animal control policies include:

Florida Administrative Codes:

Leon County Codes:

City of Tallahassee Codes:

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