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Animals on University Property


01.01  The purpose of this policy is to promote safety, health and hygiene in Academic and Administrative buildings and on University property.

01.02  The objective of this policy is to communicate to the Texas State University community the guidelines and restrictions regarding animals in University buildings and on University property.  

01.03  This policy applies to all property owned, operated or maintained by the University. Animals on University property could potentially pose a significant risk to Texas State University and its community. This policy standardizes the University’s position on the management of animals on campus. 


02.01 Animals at Large – An animal that is either unattended or unrestrained by it’s owner.

02.02 Pets – An animal kept for companionship or enjoyment.

02.03 Research and Teaching Animals - Approved animals that support the University’s teaching, research or clinical programs in accordance with the guidelines of the Office of Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Federal Relations and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

02.04 Service Animal – Service animals that meet the criteria outlined in Procedures for General Service and Psychiatric Service Animals  are allowed on campus.  Police K-9s are also considered a service animal as well as other animals that work for emergency personnel.

02.05  Wild animal -  A species, including each individual of a species, that normally lives in a state of nature and is not ordinarily domesticated. This definition does not include exotic livestock defined by Section 161.001(a)(4), Agriculture Code.


03.01     Each department head and supervisor must enforce this policy’s provisions. Also, each animal owner must follow this policy and respect the rights and concerns of others while on University property. Individuals with questions about this policy should contact Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management (EHS&RM).

03.02 The Texas State University Police Department (UPD) will remove unattended pets or domestic animals with the assistance of the City of San Marcos Animal Services. Wild animals that are injured, represent a threat to the community, or cause a disruption of campus activities will be handled by UPD in accordance with state law. The local Game Warden will be consulted prior to taking action when reasonable under the circumstances.

04.       GENERAL RULE

04.01   The general rule is that people are not allowed to possess or bring animals onto Texas State University property, including offices and worksites, except as allowed by the following exceptions: 

a.    Animals used in approved teaching, research and clinical activities

(including livestock kept at university owned ranches and similar facilities)

b.    Service animals that meet the criteria outlined in Procedures for General Service and Psychiatric Service Animals as listed in and animals in training for persons with disabilities that meet §121.003(i) of the Texas Human Resources Code

c.    On-duty Emergency Service K-9s or rescue dogs

d.    Requests to possess a pet on campus must be submitted to the department head. The request will then be submitted to the Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management Office for final approval. In addition, the University Safety Council may also be included in the approval process if a conflict occurs. The person keeping the animal will assume all liabilities resulting from the animal.

e.    To provide temporary shelter as established by the Emergency Operations Command in an emergency.

f.     Pedestrians briefly crossing campus on a designated pedestrian path such as a sidewalk or road will comply with City of San Marcos Code of Ordinances - Chapter 6 - Animals

g.    Special Events involving animals on campus must be submitted for approval to the Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management Office at least 3 days prior to the event. The written request must be made by a Texas State University employee with the authority to take financial responsibility for university funds to be used for any damages, liabilities, clean up, or security costs associated with the event.


05.01   The University has the right to remove from campus property animals causing problems regardless of any prior approval. Problems include incessant noise, harassing or intimidating people, or damaging property.


05.02  Approved owners must remove and dispose of pet excreta in a sanitary and lawful manner.


05.03  The feeding of animal's at large or wild animals as defined in Section 02 of this policy is not  

allowed on Texas State University property.


05.04   EHS&RM and Facilities are authorized to remove containers containing any type of food that   would attract wild animals.


 06.01   The University prohibits possession of poisonous reptiles, constricting  snakes (e.g., boas, pythons, and anacondas) and other potentially dangerous or aggressive animals on University property except when used for approved academic or research purposes.


07.01 Unapproved Animals on University- Controlled Property Owners must remove unapproved animals from University property immediately. Violations of this policy will subject staff employees to the disciplinary provisions as indicated in UPPS No. 04.04.40. Faculty are subject to the Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Chapter V, Section 4.51 (c). Violators of this policy may be held liable for their animals’ actions including any damage to property or injury to persons. In addition, student violators are subject to sanctions up to and including their suspension from the university.

07.02 Unattended or Unrestrained Animals. If an unrestrained or unattended animal is observed, the University will attempt to locate the animal’s owner. If the owner is not located, the City of San Marcos Animal Services will be contacted to remove the animal from University property.

07.03 Property Damage. Anyone who brings an animal onto University-controlled property assumes all financial responsibility for any damages to property or injury to individuals caused by the animal.


08.01   Reviewers of this policy include the following:


Position                                                                        Date



           University Safety Committee                                        March 25, 2015


           Director, University Safety Committee                       March 25, 2015       



          Director, Environmental Health, Safety                       March 25, 2015
  & Risk Management