Animal Control Policy
[The following policy was approved by the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance effective August 1998 and amended September 2011.]
- General Regulations
Except as provided for in Section VII, below, no person shall bring an animal onto campus unless the animal is leashed, caged, or under direct physical control of its owner or other responsible person. For purposes of these regulations, the following definitions apply:
- A leash is defined as a cord, chain, or other similar restraint, not to exceed 8 feet in length, controlled by the owner of the animal or other responsible person.
- Cage is defined as an enclosed pen, box, or other similar container controlled by the owner or other responsible person which prevents the animal from escaping.
- Direct physical control means that the owner or other responsible person is physically holding the animal in such a way that it is not likely to escape.
- Licensing and Vaccinations
If applicable, all animals brought onto campus must be vaccinated and/or licensed as required by state or local laws.
- Animals in Buildings and Facilities
Except as provided for in Section VII, below, animals are not allowed to be brought into any campus building or controlled facility.
- Animals at Public Gatherings
Except as provided for in Section VII, below, animals are not allowed to be brought to any public gathering held on campus such as, but not limited to, tailgates, sporting events, outdoor concerts, demonstrations, exhibits, or fairs.
- Removal of Excrement
The owner or person responsible for an animal's presence on campus shall be responsible for the removal and sanitary disposal of any excrement deposited by the animal. The owner or responsible person shall have on his/her person appropriate means for removal of such excrement when bringing the animal on campus.
Any animal on campus in violation of these regulations may be impounded.
- The chancellor or designee can make exceptions to these regulations from time to time for special circumstances and/or events such as, but not limited to, saluki mascot displays, pet shows, and circus shows. Each dog owner must submit an "Application for Exception to Animal Control Policy" form for approval to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance office. This form may be found at:https://eforms.siu.edu/siuforms/info/vca0100.html
- These regulations do not apply to animals used as guides for the visually impaired or those used to meet the special needs of individuals with other disabilities.
- These regulations do not apply to animals used by law enforcement or emergency personnel in the exercise of their official duties.
- These regulations do not apply to animals used in academic programs for teaching or research.