Saint Mary’s revises policy on emotional support animals, pets
Observer Staff Report | Thursday, January 23, 2020
In an email sent on Wednesday morning, the Office of Student Affairs announced new rules regarding animals on campus at Saint Mary’s, including the rule that emotional support animals will not be allowed in the workplace, common areas, classrooms or other campus buildings.
The email stated that in order to address the complex issue of animals on campus, Interim President Nekvasil created a “cross-campus committee…charged with exploring the equities associated with allowing animals on campus and providing recommendations for a campus-wide policy.”
The policy regarding service animals will remain unchanged and approved emotional support animals will still be allowed to live with students, as permitted under the Fair Housing Act.
Dogs contracted for stress relief during finals will still be allowed on campus, said the email, and guests and visitors of the College are still welcome to walk their pets on the outdoor walking trails and in other outdoor areas or during athletic events.
Saint Mary’s students can access the College’s entire policy for animals on campus in the online portal.
This new policy will go into effect on Feb. 1.