Policy on Pets on Campus

Policy Number: 100.001.01
Approved by: Senior Staff
Effective Date: September 2013

The Scripps College Pet Policy defines acceptable parameters for pets on campus in order to protect the safety, health, and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Administrative offices, as public spaces, are considered no pet zones. The policy in the Scripps College Guide to Student Life, and not this policy, governs pets in residence halls and Scripps-hosted off-campus student housing. This policy is not intended to address circumstances in which a member of the community needs a service animal as an accommodation.


The College understands the unique nature of the owner-pet relationship and the inimitable bond that is formed between owners and their pets. Nevertheless, the College is a workplace and residence. The welfare of the entire community must therefore be considered when setting parameters for allowing pets on campus, as animals have the potential to affect the safety, health, and well-being of College students and employees, as well as the hygienic and physical condition of the campus. As everyone can understand, pets on campus should be well behaved, good natured, and subject to the control of their owners.



Director of Human Resources; Dean of Faculty; Dean of Students

Applicability: Scripps College Campus

  • Pets are permitted on campus roads, walks, and grounds, provided they are leashed or otherwise appropriately secured by their owner. Pets are not permitted in indoor common areas (for example, classrooms, the dining hall, and conference rooms). Pets may be in hallways, stairwells, etc. as necessary to transport them to an office or out of a building, provided the pet is leashed or otherwise appropriately secured.
  • Pets are permitted in the offices of their owners. Offices containing pets must have a sign posted outside informing others of the type of pet that may be present.
  • When pets are in the office, the door should generally be kept closed. However, when meeting with students in the office when ideally doors should be kept open (or with anyone who prefers the door be open), pet owners should make sure the pet is controlled; for example on a leash held by the owner, in a crate, etc.
  • Pet owners must arrange for a meeting location other than their office for those who prefer to meet pet free.
  • Those bringing pets to campus are responsible for cleaning up after their pets; this is not the responsibility of housekeeping or maintenance. Pet owners are also responsible for correcting or paying to correct any damage to campus property caused by their pet.
  • Pet owners may not ask staff or students to care for their pets.
  • Due to use by athletic teams, the Tiernan Field House Alumnae Field is a pet-free zone.
  • All pets must be tagged, registered, and vaccinated in accordance with appropriate state, county, and/or city regulations.

The College in its sole discretion, and even in the absence of a complaint, may terminate a pet owner’s right to bring a pet on campus; for example if a pet is noisy, disruptive, aggressive, sick, or otherwise a nuisance. The Dean of Faculty will be responsible for determinations involving faculty members, the Director of Human Resources for those involving staff members, and the Dean of Students for those involving students.

Incident Report

In the event of an injury resulting from an encounter with a pet on campus, the injury may be addressed through the complaint process outlined below. Alternatively, if the injured party does not intend to file a complaint, the incident should still be reported immediately to the relevant department identified in bullet #2 of the complaint procedure listed below.

Complaint Procedure

  • If a member of the Scripps College community has a concern about a pet on campus, it is recommended that the complainant first approach the owner and attempt to reach an amicable resolution.
  • If the complainant does not feel comfortable approaching the pet owner or the effort to reach an amicable resolution fails, the complainant may submit a complaint to the Dean of Faculty if the pet owner is a faculty member, to the Director of Human Resources if the pet owner is a staff member or visitor, or to the Dean of Students if the pet owner is a student, using the complaint form (see below).
  • The complaint will be reviewed by the Dean of Faculty, Director of Human Resources, or Dean of Students, who will then consult with the parties involved and attempt to find a mutually acceptable resolution.
  • If no resolution can be reached, the pet may no longer be allowed on campus.

An online version of the complaint form for students, faculty, staff, and visitors is available here.