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Moravian College Announces Dog-Friendly Policy

Faculty and staff invited to bring dogs to campus--with guidelines

Dog FriendlyBethlehem, Pa., February 28, 2014--Moravian College announced a new dog-friendly policy that allows faculty and staff the privilege of bringing their family dog to campus. Focused on owner responsibility, the policy is aimed at improving the quality of campus life while providing a safe, non-threatening and healthy environment for faculty, staff and students.

"Since Moravian College is home of the Greyhounds [mascot] where students are proud to be called 'Hounds,' it seems even more appropriate that we allow faculty and staff to bring their dogs to campus," said President Bryon Grigsby. "A large number of research studies have demonstrated the physical, emotional, and social benefits of canine companionship. We believe the campus community will be enlivened by the presence of some friendly dogs on campus."

A number of requirements must be met by dog owners before they can bring their dog to campus. All dogs must be spayed/neutered, clean, well-behaved, non-aggressive, housebroken and up to date on vaccinations and flea treatments. Aggressive behavior of any dog toward other animals or humans is not tolerated. Any dog that displays aggressive behavior is not considered an acceptable dog and is not allowed on campus at any time.

"With the exception of service animals for individuals with disabilities, having dogs in the workplace is a privilege and not a right," noted Jon Conrad, chief human resources officer. "With that privilege, there is the responsibility to have a policy that is both balanced and sensible. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to value the rights of students, faculty, staff, and visitors as well as the physical beauty of the campus. The owner is ultimately responsible for the actions of his/her dog."

Faculty and staff whose dog will be spending time on campus must register their dog with campus safety. Supervisors are required to notify employees in an office area if a dog will be present. In addition, the employee must keep visible signage at their office when the dog is present.

Dogs are permitted in private offices but are not permitted in administrative or faculty spaces open to the public during working hours since these are considered public spaces. Faculty dogs may be permitted in classes if advance notice is provided and no individuals express any concern (e.g. allergy, fear) about having a dog present. Dogs must be leashed and under control of their owner in all common areas (hallways, elevators, stairwells, etc.) at all times. Dogs may not be left unattended in common areas regardless of how they may be secured.

Dogs are not allowed in any public areas of college buildings; this includes but is not limited to: shared offices, athletic venues, food service, and dining areas. Student rooms are also considered impermissible areas.

Owners need to ensure that their dogs have timely 'potty' breaks outside as well as clean up any waste left by their dog, both inside and outside buildings. Dog owners are personally responsible and assume all financial liability for any injuries caused to individuals or any damage caused to buildings or property.

A Hound Council is being established to adjudicate violations of the dog friendly policy on Moravian's campus. It will be composed of faculty, staff and students to decide on consequences of violations including fines and potential removal of the dog from campus (Dog bites, no matter how severe or insignificant will be cause for the immediate and permanent removal of the dog from campus.)

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pa. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the website at www.moravian.edu.