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Non-Research Animals on Campus: SPS0005
Effective Date: June 10, 1997
Non-Research Animals on
(Policy SPS0005 updated July 12, 2000)
I. Purpose/Scope of the Policy
Pets and other animals are restricted on the UCSC campus to provide a safe and a
healthful environment for members of the campus community to study, work and
live, to preserve the flora, fauna, and natural beauty of the campus, to protect
research projects being carried out on campus lands, to ensure the protection of the
campus Natural Reserve areas, to comply with local animal ordinances, and to
ensure public safety. This policy provides (A) general provisions regarding nonresearch
animals on campus, and defines (B) the restrictions for pets and other nonresearch
animals on the UCSC campus, (C) administrative and enforcement
responsibilities and (D) consequences of violating this policy.
II. Detailed Policy Statement
A. General Provisions
1. Dogs and cats are prohibited on the UCSC campus unless specifically
2. Exemptions are granted for animals which assist people with dis abilities,
are used by the Police Department, or are used in education or research
3. Animals exempted under this policy (as outlined in sections B.2. and B.3.
below), shall be issued a permit and registered with the campus Animal
Control Officer, and vaccinated against rabies and distemper prior to
bringing on campus. Pets found without proper identification will be
considered strays and taken to the SPCA. Failure to register pets will be
considered a violation of this policy.
4. Both dogs and cats must wear a collar with an identification tag bearing the
owner’s name, address and either home or work phone number. Temporary
identification tags may be obtained through Campus Animal Control.
5. Dogs and cats must by spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and registered
with the Campus Animal Control Officer, unless the Santa Cruz SPCA has
issued an unaltered animal certificate. Dogs must be currently licensed and
must display the metallic tag issued by the licensing agency.
6. Cats must wear a collar with a bell whenever they are outside. (Cats’
collars should be safety approved.)
7. Leashed dogs may be walked at Long Marine Laboratory on designated
1. Student Residences and Family Student Housing
Small non-poisonous household pets may be allowed at the discretion of,
and with permission of, the College Administrative Officer and/or Housing
Manager, after consultation with the Animal Control Officer. Limitations
may be placed on size, type of animal, etc. Dogs and cats are specifically
prohibited in all student residences, including Preceptors' quarters.
2. University House and Provost Housing
a. Dogs and cats are allowed. Dogs may be exercised or walked on
campus paths not located within the camp us’ Natural Reserves, but
must be on leash at all times. Feces deposited by animals must be
b. Other small household pets may be permitted and must be registered
with the campus Animal Control Officer.
3. Owner Residences
a. Cardiff Terrace: Dogs and cats are allowed. Dogs may be exercised on
the areas east of Coolidge Drive from High Street north to the Pogonip
property only, but must be on leash at all times and all feces deposited
must be collected immediately. Other small non-poisonous household
pets may be allowed.
b. Homeowners are also subject to specific animal provisions in their
4. Staff/Faculty Rental Housing
Small non-poisonous household pets may be allowed at the discretion of,
and with permission of, the Housing Manager after consultation with the
Animal Control Officer. Limitations may be placed on size and type of
animal, etc., subject to specific animal provisions in leasehold agreements.
Dogs and cats are specifically prohibited in all Hagar Court units.
5. Long Marine Laboratory
Dogs may be walked on designated public-access trails only. Dogs are
prohibited in buildings, parking lots, areas immediately around buildings
and Younger Lagoon. Dogs must be on leash at all times and all feces
deposited must be collected immediately.
6. Cattle or Other Livestock
As per lease agreements entered into by the University.
Horses are allowed on specified trails only. Horses shall not be left
unattended or tethered.
8. Feeding of Wildlife or Feral Cats On University Property
It shall be considered a violation of the Non-Research Animals on Campus
policy to leave food out for the purpose of feeding animals. This shall
specifically apply to domesticated or feral cats, raccoons, opossums,
skunks, squirrels, and any or all of the fauna which occur either naturally or
unnaturally on the UCSC campus. This shall not apply to food left out as
bait for purposes of capturing or attracting animals for animal control as
approved by the campus Animal Control Officer, or for educational
purposes as approved and monitored by a Faculty Advisor.
9. Unauthorized Tampering of Animal Traps
Any person who vandalizes, removes, or causes to deactivate an animal
trap that has been set by either the campus Animal Control Officer, her/his
agents, or the campus Biorational Pest Control Officer, will be in violation
of this policy and will be responsible for replacement costs, and/or subject
to disciplinary actions as outlined below.
Administration of the Non-Research Animals on Campus policy, including
granting exceptions, lies solely with the Vice Chancellor for Business and
Administrative Services. Efforts shall be made to consult with the campus
Animal Control Officer prior to granting exceptions. Exceptions to this policy
must be approved in writing. A copy of the exception will be on file at the
Police Department. Exceptions will only be approved upon proof that adequate
facilities are present to care for the animal, such that it will not interfere with the
rights of other members of the campus community and will not interfere with, or
impose an unreasonable threat to, native species, and when there is clear
evidence that the presence of the animal on campus is in the best interest of the
The primary responsibility for enforcing the Campus Pet Policy, City and
County ordinances, and State laws pertaining to the care and treatment of
animals lies with the campus Animal Control Officer.
1. College Administrative Officers, Housing Managers, and Residential Life
staff are expected to work directly with the campus Animal Control Officer
on enforcement of this policy in residential areas.
2. Each supervisor and Building Coordinator has responsibility for making
reasonable efforts to enforce the Non-Research Animals on Campus policy
within areas/buildings for which she/he has authority.
D. Consequences of Violations
1. Resident students in violation of this policy may lose housing privileges
and be subject to student disciplinary procedures.
2. Non-resident students will be subject to student disciplinary procedures.
3. Faculty and staff in owner residences will be subject to local ordinances as
well as any relevant leasehold agreements.
4. University employees, staff and faculty, will be subject to administrative
Pet: Any animal, either domestic or wild, in the possession of, or under the control
of, or brought onto campus by, any faculty, staff, student, or guest of the
University of California, Santa Cruz or any visitor to the UCSC campus.
Small Household Pet: Smaller domesticated animals traditionally kept in cages,
display cases, aquaria or other containers designed for the purpose of housing
birds, fish, reptiles, amphibia, and crustacea.
Pet at Large: Any pet which is not confined by a leash, tether, adequate fence, or
other physical constraint while either on or off the owner’s premises.
Campus: All land owned by the University of California, Santa Cruz, including
Long Marine Laboratory, parking lots, grounds, buildings, and all developed and
Long Marine Laboratory: The 98 acres of University of California-owned property
known as the UC Marine Education and Research Center at Long Marine Lab.
Designated public-access trails shall be clearly marked with signs.
IV. Getting Help
The campus Animal Control Officer provides assistance to campus units (including
help with completing forms, carrying out procedures, or interpreting policy).
For information regarding UCSC, City, or County regulations pertaining to animals,
or to register pets, contact the campus Animal Control Officer at 459-2231.
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V. Applicability and Authority
This policy on Non-Research Animals on Campus applies to all faculty, staff,
student, or guest of the University of California, Santa Cruz or any visitor to the
This policy (updated on July 12, 2000) is a minor revision of SPS0005 issued on June
10, 1997 and includes new text applicable to Long Marine Laboratory. This policy
supersedes all previous campus policies on this subject.
The University Police is the campus authority for the Non-Research Animals on
Campus policy. This policy was reviewed and approved by the Chancellor on June
10, 1997. Next review date is October 1998.
VI. Related Policies/References for More Information
Santa Cruz City Municipal Code -- Title 8, Animals
Santa Cruz County Code -- Vol. I., Title 6, Animals
Campus Traffic and Parking Regulations
UC Santa Cruz Policy
University Police firstname.lastname@example.org; (831) 459-2231