The following pet policy is applicable in University Place I and University Place II Apartments. Pets are not permitted in any other residential facilities with the exception of non-carnivorous fish and registered assistance or service pets. If you have any questions about the pet policies, please contact our office at [email protected] or (304)336-8345.
- With respect to a request for a pet in University Place I Apartments or University Place II Apartments, WLU will determine, on a case by case basis, whether the specific pet will be permitted in the residential facility. Pets that will not be permitted, except those that are documented service or assistance animals, shall include but not be limited to, dogs, cats, and snakes.
- For all residential students who request to have a pet living in their apartment the following policy will be enforced:
- Students with animals will be financially responsible for the actions of the animal including bodily injury or property damage, including but not limited to any replacement of furniture, carpet, paint, or necessary fumigation. The owner will be expected to pay these costs at time of repair, replacement, or fumigation. Additionally, prior to having a pet in the residential facility, the resident would be required to pay the pet deposit of $250.
- Students who have animals may be subject to bi-weekly health and safety inspections in their apartments or rooms. All residents are subject to monthly inspections.
- Students with animals may be required to complete additional documentation to share with Residence Life Staff in regards to the animal, such as vaccination records where applicable.
- Animals will be permitted only in the student’s dwelling (their specific apartment). These pets will not be permitted in academic buildings, administrative buildings, or in common areas of the residential facility.
- Animals must be transported in a cage, carrier, or aquarium when outside of the “dwelling” in order to ensure the safety of others. Animals must also be kept in a cage or aquarium in the room when the student is not present in the room.
- Abandonment, neglect, or mistreatment of any pet will result in removal of privileges, and may result in action through the campus judicial process.
- All residential facilities are required to have monthly health and safety inspections. During these inspections, or if at any other time a member of the University staff finds that there is not proper care of the pet area or the apartment in general as a result of the presence of the pet, the privileges will be removed.
- When the pet owner is absent from campus for breaks or vacations, the pet owner will be responsible for taking the pet with them, or making arrangements for the pet to remain off campus until the owner returns.
All sections of the following form must be completed prior to review of a pet request.