Pet-friendly dormitories

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Pet-friendly Residence Halls have appeared as a number of colleges and universities in the United States, including University of Northern Colorado, Eckerd College, Stephens College, Stetson University, and Washington & Jefferson College. At these institutions, a certain portion of the school's residence halls are set aside for students who wish to live with a pet, often a dog or cat.[1] Massachusetts Institute of Technology and State University of New York at Canton allow cats in certain dormitories.[2] Sweet Briar College allows equestrian students to bring their horses to campus.[3] Case Western Reserve University allowed caged animals, such as rabbits or hamsters, and allows "mascot" dogs in the fraternity and sorority houses.[3] Lehigh University also allows "mascot" dogs in the fraternity and sorority houses.[3] Principia College permits pets that may be kept in a cage or tank.[3] University of Notre Dame allows fish tanks.[3]

In 2008, USA Today estimated that at least 12 colleges and universities allows some form of pet-friendly living arrangements.[1] Students at other institutions have advocated for pet-friendly housing policies.[4] A Kaplan Test Prep survey from 2011 found that 38% of colleges and universities in the United States had student housing where pets were allowed.

Pets policies at Eckerd College[edit]

A long-standing, unusual feature of Eckerd College is that a few residence halls are set aside as "pet dorms" for students wishing to bring small animals to campus. Other special residence halls include "Wellness Houses", that promote healthy living, and service-learning dormitories, for students interested in monthly community service projects. Smoking is not permitted inside Eckerd College dormitories.

Pets House at Washington & Jefferson College[edit]

Since 2006, Washington & Jefferson College has set aside Monroe Hall as the "Pet House."[5][6] During the 2009-10 school year, 10 students lived in the Pet House; that number jumped to 34 in the 2010-11 school year.[7] The college only permits "family pets" that have been owned by the student's family for greater than one year.[8]

Pets policies at Stephens College[edit]

Stephens College has had a pet-friendly dormitory, called "Pet Central," since 1993.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peters, Sharon (2008-09-23). "Pets take the bite out of dorm life". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  2. ^ a b Steinberg, Jacques (June 5, 2010). "Colleges Extend the Welcome Mat to Students' Pets". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Lytle, Ryan (May 19, 2011). "Bring Your Pet to College". U.S. News & World Report. Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  4. ^ Trebach, Ben (December 6, 2011). "Pets on Campus: Why Not Here? Why Not Now?". The Point News. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  5. ^ Miller, Barbara S. (September 4, 2007). "'Pet House' means students don't leave home without 'em". Observer-Reporter. p. B3. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Holly; Amanda J. Gunther (September 9, 2011). "Pets - WJ Student Handbook". Student Handbook. Washington & Jefferson College. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ Mitchell, Ellen (June 20, 2010). "Washington & Jefferson designates dorm for students with pets". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Washington & Jefferson College Pet House Manual and Pet Registration Form". Washington & Jefferson College. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012.