Answered By: Michael Pujals
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2014     Views: 472

University Dog Policy


For the health, safety and comfort of students, staff and visitors to Dominican University of California, the presence of dogs in campus buildings is restricted and the presence of dogs on campus is guided by the following protocol:


No animals with the exception of service animals and pre-service animals in a documented official training program are allowed in campus buildings.  This policy is designed to provide equity of access or other vital assistance to people with disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under this law, service animals are not pets.

Documentation of service animals is required.

The University strongly discourages professional dog walkers with multiple dogs and dog clubs to use the University campus.

Dogs on campus grounds must be kept on a leash at all times and the dog’s owner is responsible for cleaning up after the dog, including properly disposing of waste the dog leaves in outdoor areas of campus.

It is the responsibility of the staff/faculty member in charge of common teaching space at any particular time to ensure compliance within those spaces.It is the responsibility of Campus Security to ensure compliance within public areas on campus.

When a dog owner is not in compliance with the University dog policy, University employees and students are encouraged to inform individuals about the University dog policy.

The behavior, clean up and/or correction/repair of damage caused by a dog is the responsibility of the owner.

Any dog found on the campus unsupervised will be considered a stray and may be removed by the Marin Humane Society at the request of the University. The University will not be responsible for any cost incurred by a dog owner in retrieving their dog. As a courtesy, dog collars will be checked for contact details before any action is taken.

Permission to allow pre-service animals in buildings as well as requests for exceptions to this policy must be presented to the Office of Human Resources and approved by the Executive Vice President. 

Questions about this policy should be directed to Human Resources at (415) 257-1365 or the Director of Disability Services at (415) 257-0187.

Concern about the behavior of an unleashed animal on campus should be directed to Campus Security at (415) 269-6070 or (415) 747-8473.

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