Great to Know: Animals on Campus Policy

March 20th, 2018 Comments Off on Great to Know: Animals on Campus Policy

Mississippi State University welcomes the presence of service animals in our campus buildings, residence halls, and recreational facilities. Service animals, by definition, are dogs or miniature horses who are trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.    

Service animals are different from emotional support animals (ESAs), which are not trained to perform a specific function, but whose presence provides a benefit for a person with a disability.  If certain conditions are met and the animal is registered, students are allowed to have ESAs in their residence halls on campus.  However, unlike trained service animals, ESAs are not permitted in other campus buildings.   

Aside from the two exceptions above, animals of any type are not allowed in campus buildings, residence halls, or recreational facilities. Animals being walked on campus must be kept on a leash and animal fecal matter should be removed to a proper disposal container by the animal’s owner. Animals cannot be tethered to buildings, handrails, trees, bike racks, or other objects and left unattended.    

Questions regarding service and assistance animals can be directed to Disability Support Services, http://www.sss.msstate.edu/disabilities/.