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 (up to a ten gallon tank), reptiles or amphibians ten inches or smaller in body, that must be contained in a tank at all times. Each resident may only have one approved pet, with the exception of fish. 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 This consent can be withdrawn at any time, if consent is withdrawn the pet must be removed. At any time, the Residence Life staff reserves the right to remove an authorized pet for odor, noise, property damages, health issues or other reasons.
Snakes, insects, mammals, birds, and any fish, reptile or amphibian that are poisonous or venomous are not allowed. 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. The pet must be removed from the college housing unit immediately. 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.
Exceptions to this rule are certified service animals for the disabled, approved emotional support animals, and full-time professional, live-in professional staff members 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: 8/9/2018