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RSCC Policy GA-36-01; Animals on Campus
RSCC Policy GA-36-01; Animals on Campus
Roane State Community College
Policy Number: GA-36-01
Subject: Animals on Campus

It is the policy of Roane State Community College to provide a safe environment for all students, employees, guests and visitors to the college. Toward this end, the following policy regarding animals on campus shall be enforced and shall apply to all members of the campus community as well as all individuals using the campus grounds or buildings, including all RSCC campus locations.

For the purposes of this policy, animals are defined as invertebrate (“without backbones,” e.g. worms, crustaceans, mollusks, insects, arachnids) and vertebrate (“back-boned”, e.g. amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals).


  1. No animals, except those exempted below, are permitted in campus buildings.
  2. Animals are permitted on campus grounds so long as they are under the control of an individual (either by leash, other restraining or containment device, or by voice command).
  3. Individuals bringing animals to campus under permitted provisions must ensure that the animal’s behavior or presence is not disruptive to campus operations or destructive to campus property.
  4. Individuals bringing animals to campus are responsible for collecting and properly disposing of their animal’s waste.

Failure to Comply

  1. Individuals who bring unauthorized animals into campus buildings and/or whose animal’s behavior is disruptive and/or destructive will be asked to remove them. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary and/or further legal action.
  2. Unattended or unrestrained animals will be removed from campus property by a local animal control service.
  3. Damage to property that is a direct result of an animal brought to campus will be the sole responsibility of the individual in whose care the animal was brought to campus.


  1. Any animal directly serving a legally-defined disabled or handicapped person(s) is exempt from the provisions of this policy.
  2. Animals used for college-related instructional and/or demonstrational purposes are exempt from this policy provided that the individual, group, or organization bringing the animal to campus has received approval from the office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Services or the responsible campus dean/director. (Laboratory animals must be adequately provided for at all times and provisions made for their care on holidays, weekends, etc.)
  3. Fish maintained appropriately in aquariums are exempt from the provisions of this policy.
  4. Animals on campus as part of events scheduled at the Henry-Stafford Agricultural Exposition Center are subject to the policies of the Center.
  5. Animals kept as pets on college property are exempt from the provisions of this policy, when that property also serves as a private residence for the college or guests of the college. In these cases, the provisions listed above for “permitted” animals also apply.

The Assistant Vice President for Student Services / Dean of Students shall be responsible for development and maintenance of this policy for issuance by the President.

Revision Date Effective: 12/04/2006
Revision Approval By: Gary Goff, President
Original Date Effective: 10/25/2004
Original Approval By: Wade B. McCamey, President
Office Responsible: Vice President Student Affairs & Workforce Development
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