Several problems are associated with pets staying in any college-owned or -approved housing unit. Among them are odor, noise, mess and health issues. Also some pet foods may attract insects or rodents. For these reasons, the only pets that can be kept in a residence hall or other college-approved housing are tropical fish, small lizards (geckos, chameleons, etc.) ten inches or smaller in body, or small reptiles or amphibians (turtles) that must be contained in a tank at all times. Snakes, insects, mammals, and birds are not allowed. Each resident may only have one approved pet. All residents of a residence hall room or small housing unit must consent to the presents of the pet. This consent can be withdrawn at any time, if consent is withdrawn the pet must be removed.
Examples of unauthorized pets include, but are not limited to cats, dogs, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedgehogs, iguanas, mice, rats, rabbits, birds, snakes, spiders, scorpions, and insects. Stray animals should be taken to the Gratiot County Animal Shelter. Students found with an unauthorized pet will be subject for the first offense to a $200 fine (for each resident of the room, house, or apartment). The pet must be removed from the college housing unit immediately. In addition to fines, students may be subject to the student conduct process. Further, the room, house, or apartment will be billed at the end of the school year for any damages/odors left by the pet. This charge will be at the discretion of Facilities and Service Management. This fee could range between $500 and $5,000 depending on the size of the housing unit and the damages). Any further offenses will result in a fine and a charge of noncompliance.
Exceptions to this rule are certified service animals for the disabled, approved emotional support animals, and full-time professional, live-in staff members (Hall Directors, Apartment Managers, etc.), who are allowed to have one pet upon their supervisors permission, in the privacy of their college-owned apartments. Information about service and emotional support animals can be found in the Service and Emotional Support Animal Policy.
Emotional support animals found in violation of the Service and Emotional Support Animal Policy and/or the terms of the Emotional Support Animal Agreement may be found in violation of the pet policy and subject to the student conduct process and appropriate sanctions.
Last Revision: 10/28/2016