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Animals On Campus Policy

Animals On Campus Policy

Reviewed By: Administrative Council on
Approved By: President Karnig on
Reviewed By: Administrative Council on
Approved By: President Morales on

For interpretation of this policy, please contact the responsible department: Office of Environmental Health and Safety, (909) 537-5179

This policy is a revision of two CSUSB policies which have been in effect since 1971 addressing issues related to animals on campus. Due to changes in terminology and practices, the existing campus policies ('Policy Relating to Dogs on Campus' and 'Animals on Campus') have been consolidated and updated into a single policy. Legal authority for this policy includes the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the California Food and Agriculture Code (Section 30801), California Health and Safety Code (Section 121575) and California Vehicle Code (Section 23117).

This policy outlines procedures designed to control the nuisance and potential health hazards created by domestic animals (e.g., dogs, cats, livestock), and wild animals (e.g., raccoons, skunks, opossums), on campus. Research animals are exempt from this policy.

Dogs and other animals, except for police dogs, service animals in training, service animals used by individuals with disabilities, animals for which permission has been granted by a senior supervisor as identified below, and animals used in research or demonstration as part of a University program are not permitted in University buildings, including University housing units (except as indicated in housing agreements). Owners of service animals in training must obtain permission from the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities prior to entering University buildings.

  • Any faculty or staff person who wishes to bring an animal (other than a police dog or service animal) onto campus or into a University building is subject to the following responsibilities and restrictions:
  • Permission must be received from that faculty or staff person's senior supervisor (Dean or Division Vice President or designee) allowing the faculty or staff person to bring the animal into a building;
  • Evidence must be available that, in the case of an adult dog, the dog has received obedience training;
  • Once an animal has been brought into a building by a faculty or staff person the animal must be taken directly to that faculty or staff person's office;
  • The animal may not be brought into a classroom unless the animal is part of a teaching or research project sanctioned by the University;
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash in all areas of the University except during approved events for which it is necessary that the animal not be restrained by a leash, training classes, or when the dog is contained in a faculty or staff office;
  • All other animals while on University property must be restrained on a leash or other appropriate restraining device, and the leash or device must be under the control of a competent person at all times;
  • A valid dog license must be worn at all times by any dog on University property;
  • Fecal matter deposited by animals on University property must be removed immediately by the owner of the animal depositing such. Any damage, staining, discoloration, odor, or other result of the animal's waste deposit will be repaired or resolved to bring affected areas back to University standards. The owner of the animal is responsible for all costs necessary to effect repairs.

Disruption of the University educational process, administrative process, or other University function by any animal will require that the animal be removed from University property immediately by the owner or handler.

The owner of any animal found in any University facility where animals are not allowed will be requested to remove the animal immediately. Failure to comply with this request will result in the animal being impounded. Any animal causing a nuisance will be subject to impoundment and the owner may be cited under San Bernardino City Ordinances. Owners of impounded animals will be held responsible for payment of any impound and/or license fees required to secure the release of their animals. Owners of animals on University property shall be liable for the expense of all damages caused by the animal(s).

No animal shall be maintained overnight in any University building which is not designated as approved housing (e.g. vivaria) for the animal. Research animal housing can be secured through the CSUSB Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee.

Unattended animals found secured or restrained outside a University building will be removed by University Police or by the San Bernardino City Animal Control. The presence of any animal in any motor vehicle without proper food, water, ventilation, or subjected to extreme temperatures that could affect its health or safety, will be reported to San Bernardino City Animal Control.

As a matter of procedure feral cats will be trapped by the CSUSB Facilities Services' Grounds Department and removed by San Bernardino City Animal Control.

Sighting of injured or potentially dangerous wild animals (e.g., opossums, skunks, coyotes) on University property should be reported to the University Police and/or the Environmental Health and Safety Department. Wild animals threatening other animals or humans should be reported to the University Police immediately. For removal of carcasses found on University property, contact the Facilities Services' Grounds Department (537-5175) during business hours, and the University Police (537-5165) during evening and weekend hours.

Horses shall not be ridden on any campus property that is developed or landscaped.


This policy will be administered and enforced by the CSUSB Environmental Health and Safety Department, in cooperation with the CSUSB University Police and the San Bernardino City Animal Control. Campus employees are responsible for compliance with this policy. Violation of the policy by an employee or student of the University may result in corrective action under appropriate personnel policy and procedures, and student conduct procedures.