What is a pet-friendly community?
A pet-friendly community at JWU is a residence hall or area within a residence hall that allows for certain approved pets to reside with their owner.
What types of pets will be allowed to reside in pet-friendly communities; and how many pets can a student have?
A student residing in a pet-friendly community is permitted to have one pet only. The types of pets that will be permitted are: dogs* (up to 40 pounds and at least 1 year old), domestic cats (over 1 year old), and small caged mammals limited to hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits (in a cage no larger than 16 sq. ft.).
*Restricted dog breeds are: Pit bulls, Akitas, German Shepherds, any wolf hybrid, or any breed not permitted by city or county ordinances. (Note: Fish are permitted in all halls: in a bowl or tank under five gallons—only one per room, suite or apartment.)
Do I have to have a pet to live in a pet-friendly community?
No, a student does not have to have a pet in order to live in a pet-friendly community.
How can students apply to live in a pet-friendly community?
What if pet-friendly communities are full and I want to bring a pet onto campus?
Space in pet-friendly communities is limited and placement is not guaranteed. Once the pet-friendly communities are full, interested students can apply to the wait list by emailing Residential Life.
What am I required to do once I have selected a room in a pet-friendly community?
Before your pet can move into the pet-friendly community, you must submit the following forms and pay the applicable fee:
What if I get a pet during the academic year and want to live in a pet-friendly community?
Students are welcome to apply to live in a pet-friendly community after the academic year has begun; however, space is limited and might not be available. Also, keep in mind that dogs and cats must be at least 1 year old in order to be considered to live on campus.
Do I have to reapply to live in the pet-friendly community each year?
Yes. Students who live in a pet-friendly community must re-apply to live there each academic year..
Where is my pet allowed to be?
Approved pets are restricted to the pet owner’s residence hall room/suite/apartment and are not permitted in common areas of the building, other student rooms/suites/apartments or any other building or area on campus. They are also not permitted to ride on university transportation.
Additionally, pets are not allowed to roam outside of the pet owner’s room/suite/apartment, within the residence hall or on the grounds. When a pet needs to go outside, it must be on a leash, harness, or other tether and the owner is responsible for picking up the animal’s waste and appropriately disposing of it immediately in the area designated by Residential Life. Caged pets must stay in their cages except when the owner is present and/or attending to the pet.
What if I live in a pet-friendly community and need to leave campus overnight or for an extended period of time? Can my pet stay in my room/suite/apartment?
No. Pet owners are responsible for their pet at all times. Roommates, other students or guests cannot assume responsibility for the care of your pet. A pet cannot be left alone overnight in the owner’s room/suite/apartment or another student’s room/suite/apartment.
The pet owner will be responsible for arranging alternative care for the pet outside of the university (I.e., not on campus). This includes in case of an emergency or if the owner is required to remove the animal due to disruption to the community, damage, etc.
What if I have a pet but it does not live on campus with me—can it visit?
Only pets approved by Residential Life to live in pet-friendly communities are permitted. No other pet or animal is allowed in university housing.
What if I live near a pet-friendly community and have concerns about disruptions a pet is causing?
Any student who has a concern regarding a pet residing on campus should report that concern to a Residential Life staff member.
Complaints about pets will be investigated by Residential Life, in conjunction with the Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life, Student Conduct and/or Campus Safety & Security if necessary.
What happens if I am found in violation of the Residential Life Pet-Friendly Community Agreement?
Any complaints about pets or suspected violations of the Residential Life Pet-Friendly Community Agreement will be investigated by Residential Life, in conjunction with the Dean of Students, Assistant Director of Residential Life, Student Conduct and/or Campus Safety & Security if necessary, with possible sanctions imposed if violations are found. If a student is found to be in violation of the terms the Residential Life Pet-Friendly Community Agreement, they may be asked to remove the pet permanently from residential housing within 24 hours of being notified. If a pet is removed, the student is still bound to the housing contract (Room Terms Agreement) and may be required to relocate from the Pet-Friendly Community.