Animals on Campus
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Human Resources

Issued: February 19,
Policy Contact:
Associate Vice President, Human Resources,
Revised: March 5, 2013


The Colorado School of Mines is committed to providing a safe learning, working and living
environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. As part of this commitment, the presence
of animals on campus must be carefully considered, balancing the needs of all members of the
campus community. While many are comfortable around animals, others are not. Some
individuals are fearful of large animals or certain kinds of animals, others are allergic to a variety
of animal or pet associated substances, and others may have illnesses or conditions that are
intensified or aggravated by the presence, or past presence, of animals. Animals may also
present maintenance and facilities management challenges for the campus community if
reasonable care is not taken to ensure the animals do not create unclean or unsanitary


Animals shall not be permitted in Colorado School of Mines student residential, administrative,
service, academic, and research buildings or facilities, including classrooms, faculty and staff
offices, libraries, laboratories, residence halls, food service areas, playing fields, and public
access areas (“Facilities”), unless necessary and required for authorized teaching, public
service or research activities of the School, or to aid persons with disabilities, or as otherwise
specifically authorized by the School. In order to promote the safety of persons on campus, and
to help assure the well being of animals that are authorized to be in campus facilities, the
presence of these animals must be registered with the Department of Public Safety IN
ADVANCE of the animal’s presence on campus.


As a general rule, animals are not permitted in Colorado School of Mines
facilities except:

• Animals used in approved teaching, research, and clinical activities
• Assistive animals for persons with disabilities, or those being trained for
such a purpose
• Police dogs on duty

For the safety of both humans and animals, animals are prohibited from kitchens,
laboratories, workshops or other areas housing hazardous materials or

Except for trained service animals1 and fish and turtles under the conditions
specified in Paragraph 3.4 below, no animals may be brought into the student
residence facilities.
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Animals on Campus
Responsible Administrative Unit:
Human Resources

Issued: February 19,
Policy Contact:
Associate Vice President, Human Resources,
Revised: March 5, 2013

Aquariums no larger than 30 gallons containing fish or turtles are permitted.
However, these must be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.

Any animal brought to the campus grounds must be under the close control of
the owner. The City of Golden has a strict leash law. Dogs must be on a hand-
held leash1 at all times or the owner may be ticketed.

Service animals present in campus facilities on a recurring or continuous basis
must be registered with the Department of Public Safety or, in the case of student
residence facilities, registered with the Department of Student Housing.

Owners or caretakers of animals must clean up after their animals - both inside
buildings and outside on campus property. Animal owners bear full responsibility
for any situations or damages attributable to the animals that require, as
determined by the School, special clean up, painting, refinishing, or repairs or
replacements of School property.


Specific exceptions to the above policy may be authorized in advance as follows:
4.1.1 For use in teaching, research or clinical activities, by the
department or division head (who will notify the Director of Public
4.1.2 For non-teaching related purposes in campus facilities, by the
Director of Public Safety; or
4.1.3 For presence in residence halls, by the Director of Residence Life
(who will also notify the Director of Public Safety).
In the event of a request for exception as noted in 4.1 above, as part of the
exception process, the animal owner must petition the building or facility
manager who will then canvas residents of the building to determine if the animal
should be allowed. If an exception is granted, a notice of the presence of animals
in facilities or individual offices must be prominently posted.

1 Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices
interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that
case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
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