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Animals on Campus

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University Wide
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    The following policy has been established to provide for the health and safety of University of North Georgia students, faculty, staff and visitors, and for the protection, efficient use and enjoyment of the campuses.  University of North Georgia allows members of the campus community and visitors to bring their pets to campus.  However, some regulation is necessary to ensure that a pet does not become a threat, health hazard, nuisance, or distraction to University activities. 

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    1. Comfort Animal or Emotional Support Animal: Any animal performing the function of an assistive aid as specified by a health or mental health professional for a person with a disability.

    2. Person with a Disability: An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such impairment.

    3. Pets or Domestic Animal: An animal that has been trained or adapted to living in a human environment.  Such animals include, but are not limited to dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and other types of household animals. 

    4. Service Animal: Any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.
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    1. Animals may be permitted on campus in accordance with city ordinances.

    2. Pets are permitted on University grounds if they are under the control of and accompanied by their owner or designee.  The caretaker must promptly clean up and properly dispose of any pet waste. If animals are disruptive, left unattended, or are not under control of the owner, both the owner and animal may be asked to leave.  All dogs on college grounds must be leashed, and must at all times be under the personal control of, and in close proximity to the caretaker.

    3. Animals are not permitted in campus buildings or on athletic fields unless approved by the appropriate building supervisor or the Athletics Director.

      1. University Buildings – (Except Residence Halls) Written authorization is to be obtained from the appropriate Building Supervisor before a pet may be brought into University buildings. Such authorization is to state the purpose and duration of the activity involving the pet.  The authorization is to be in the possession of the owner or person in control of the pet during the time the pet is in a University building.
      2. Residence Halls – Pets are not permitted in the residence halls except for aquatic life in fresh water aquariums. Contact Residence Life for specific information.
      3. Athletic Fields – Animals are not permitted on the fields unless prior approval is obtained from the Athletics Director.

    4. Emotional support (comfort) animals are allowed in residence halls if specified by a letter or prescription from an appropriate professional - such as a physician or therapist - for a person who meets the ADA definition of a person with a disability.

    5. Violations of the University Animals on Campus Policy will be dealt with in accordance with University rules governing the conduct of faculty, staff, and students. In addition, violations in the Residence Halls will have action taken in accordance with policies for the University’s Residence Life. 

    6. Provisions of the policy do not apply to service animals or to police or K9 dogs while such animals are performing their duties under supervision.  Service animals and service animals in training are permitted on campus and in campus facilities.

    7. This policy does not apply to animals which are used in research as part of an academic program.

    8. All faculty, staff, students and visitiors of the University of North Georgia are expected to comply with this policy.
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    Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

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