Animals on Campus

Siena College has adopted this policy in support of its efforts to protect the health and safety of its community; preserve the integrity of its grounds, buildings, and other property; and provide a healthy educational and working environment that respects the rights of individuals.

Animals on Campus Grounds:

Any dogs or other domestic animals on College grounds must be leashed, cleaned up after, and in the control of their owners at all times. Under no circumstances should animals be allowed to run loose or be tied to buildings, handrails, trees, bicycle racks, or other objects. Any infractions, complaints, or reports of potential violations of this policy should immediately be brought to the attention of Campus Safety and Security, 783-2376.

Animals Not Permitted in College Buildings or Vehicles:

Animals in campus buildings pose health related problems to building occupants. Examples of detrimental health effects associated with animal/human contact include, but are not limited to: allergies associated with pets; animal to human disease transmission; the potential for animal bites.  In addition, in the event of an emergency building evacuation, animals in campus buildings have the potential to impede occupant egress.  For reasons of safety, health and sanitation, therefore, animals of any type are not allowed in any Siena College owned building or vehicle under any circumstances. This policy includes residence halls.


  • Service animals used in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Sec. 504”);
  • Police dogs on official duty; and
  • Approved research animals as used in accordance with the Siena College Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and policies.   
  • Approved Emotional Support Animals.

Service Animal Exception:

In accordance with the ADA and Sec. 504, Siena College policy permits service animals accompanying persons with documented disabilities.  Individuals requiring services animals in college buildings must alert the Director of the Office of Accessibility , if a student, or the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, if an employee. 

Conflicting Disabilities:

Students with a medical condition that may result in a dangerous health crisis in reaction to animals (such as an acute respiratory condition), who are concerned about exposure to animals, should contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities.  Non-students with like medical issues should contact the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources.  The individual will be asked to provide medical documentation and verification in support of a request for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA and Sec. 504 that identifies the disabling condition, describes the seriousness of the health hazard or potential health hazard, and suggests appropriate accommodations.  Based upon medical documentation and verification provided to these respective offices, action will be taken to consider the needs of all persons and to resolve the problem as sensitively and efficiently as possible.

Dated: July 6, 2006