Animals on Campus Policy


To ensure that animals that are on campus are authorized and animal owners know their responsibilities to manage their animals.


Animals on campus are restricted to the following situations:

  1. Service Animals* as defined by Title II and Title III of the American’s with Disabilities Act. (Service Animals are only dogs and miniature horses). It is permissible to ask an owner of Service Animal the two following questions: (1) Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? (2) What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
  2. Emotional Support or Assistance Animals* are limited to residence rooms. Students must receive authorization to have an Emotional Support animal to their residence room by submitting an application.
  3. Animals used for teaching and research are addressed in the Institutional Review Board policy.
  4. Pets: Well-mannered dogs are the only animals that are permitted to be on campus that are not addressed in items 1-3 above. All other animals are prohibited. Dogs in all categories are required to adhere to the restrictions and requirements listed below.

*Additional information about these categories of animals can be found on the Accessible Education Services webpage.

Well Mannered Dogs on Campus
The rights of others will always take precedence over the rights of people who bring dogs to campus. There are requirements and restrictions for having a dog on campus. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Dogs must be kept on a leash while on Willamette University property.
  2. Dogs are not allowed in residence halls, College of Law buildings, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Bishop Wellness Center, Goudy Commons, The Bistro, Cat Cavern, Kaneko Commons food service area, Hatfield Library (including the Fish Bowl), or the Montag Center (except for dogs certified as Service Animals).
  3. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs.
  4. Dogs may not be left unattended by their owners.
  5. The University reserves the right to prohibit a dog from campus if the dog’s behavior is determined to be disruptive or inappropriate.