Regents Approve Animal Policy on Campus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 19, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a general statement of policy concerning animals on campus.

The policy standardizes the University’s position on the management of animals on campus. Under the policy, the University prohibits individuals from bringing animals inside any University-controlled buildings, except for those animals that are exempted in the operating procedures – service animals; animals used in University laboratories for official research, classroom or observation purposes; animals used by law enforcement or emergency personnel in the exercise of their official duties; animals used in theatrical performances in accordance with guidelines outlined in the River Campus Operating Procedures; and aquatic animals in aquariums less than 29 gallons in residence halls.

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, said the Student Handbook already limits animals allowed in residence halls. In addition, the River Campus Operating Procedures limit animals in that facility to those in theatrical performances. The new policy was developed upon the recommendation of legal counsel, she said, to limit the University’s legal exposure and maintain a healthy campus environment. Mangels said the policy is similar to those at many other institutions in Missouri and across the country.