Pet Policy and Application
APSU Housing/Residence Life and Dining Services
Animal Friendly Housing Guidelines-Fall 2017
The purpose of this guideline is to provide interested students with the guidelines for the Animal Friendly Housing community in Emerald Hill Apartments, Building 12. Students are responsible for following the procedures in order to be considered for approval.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The Department of Housing and Residential Life defines “Acceptable Campus Pets” to include: fish, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats, mice, turtles, and cats. Fish must be in a tank/aquarium no larger than 20 gallons. Cats MUST be litter box trained. Any cat living on campus has to be at least 1 year old. Reptiles and any poisonous animals are strictly prohibited.
Non-approved animals are not permitted in any residence halls including Animal Friendly halls.
The designated Animal Friendly hall is Emerald Hill Apartments, building 12. Approved animals are permitted to reside within this community. Fish (in a tank/aquarium 20 gallons or less) are the only animals permitted outside the designated Animal Friendly hall.
One animal is permitted per bedroom in the designated Animal Friendly Housing area. Residents found with more than the approved amount of animals will be asked to remove the non-approved animal immediately and will be documented for disciplinary action. All animals must be neutered or spayed (if applicable).
Rules of Conduct:
- Regardless of the circumstances, the animal owner is ultimately responsible for the actions of the animal.
- All animals must live with their owners.
- All animal owners and their roommate must complete an Animal Friendly Roommate Agreement.
- All cats must be litter box trained.
- Owners must clean up after their animals.
- Owners must keep their animals properly crated/caged while they are away from the room. Cat owners can allow their cat to be loose in their bedroom, but bedroom door must be closed while away from room.
- No animal is allowed to become a nuisance to the members of the APSU community. A nuisance is defined as, but not limited to, excessive noise, physical harm to humans or other animals, destruction of property, and acts otherwise deemed by the Department of Housing and Residence Life and Dining Services. Animals attacking other animals or humans will not be tolerated. The matter will be referred for disciplinary action and removal of the animal may be required.
- The resident pet owner is responsible for coordinating the care of a pet for any absence from campus longer than one night.
- All pets must be current on recommended vaccinations. The resident pet owner must provide documentation of vaccinations upon request from Housing and Residence Life and Dining Services staff.
- The resident pet owner is responsible for the cost of all damages caused by the pet, including the cost to remove pet odors. Inspections of rooms and the assessment of damages will occur at least twice a year by Housing and Residence Life and Dining Services staff. Facilities staff reserve the right to move pet supplies (e.g. scratching posts or cages) to complete necessary work.
- The owner's residence may be inspected for fleas, ticks or other pests during regular Health and Safety Checks or as needed. The Housing/Residence Life Office staff will schedule the inspection. If fleas, ticks or other pests are detected through inspection, the residence will be treated using approved fumigation methods by a university-approved pest control service. The owner will be billed for the expense of any pest treatment to the room or any necessary corresponding areas above and beyond standard pest management in the residence halls.
- Pet must stay in your apartment at all times. Pets cannot visit other rooms or areas on campus.
- A new pet application is required if a student changes animals.
If a room has an odor due to an animal, the occupant will be asked by APSU officials to clean the room. Students should expect to clean their room more often than other residential spaces. Students should acknowledge that an animal in a residential space will create more of a mess/scent than it would within a house. We recommend using animal cleaners which may be purchased from local pet stores. Animal checks will be conducted throughout the academic year in order to ensure proper care of animals. Evidence of neglect, abuse or any improper care may result in referral for disciplinary action and/or removal of the animal.
In the event that the student is unable to care for the animal, the names and contact information for two local emergency contacts must be provided as part of the application process. The pet owner is authorizing housing to release the animal to the care of these individuals in the event of an emergency. If the emergency contacts are not available to claim the animal, Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services staff will contact animal control to pick up the animal.
Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services
Pet Application & Registration
This form must be completed and approved by Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services prior to any pet residing on campus. Once your application and pet registration has been reviewed, you will receive an email regarding approval.