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Non-Service Animals


UC San Diego does not support bringing pets to work unless they are legally required to assist persons with disabilities. Based on broad consultation with the Calit2 Exec Council and chairs of adjacent academic units we reaffirm the pet free nature of the space in Atkinson Hall.

While we understand that pets bring comfort and benefits to their owners, there are many individuals who do not desire pet companionship.  Additionally, there are many risks associated with pet ownership that should not be transferred to employee work areas at Calit2

  1. Health and safety at work (e.g. interference with cables etc.); 
  2. Operating efficiency (e.g. hair/fur affecting computer equipment etc.); 
  3. Financial considerations (e.g. extra cleaning and repairs, etc.);
  4. Personal considerations (e.g. noise, odors, animal bites, allergic reactions, fleas, mites and other parasites, animal excrement, etc.)

UCSD PPM 270-5 was developed many years ago to control dogs in public areas, but these restrictions are logically extended to all indoor work settings to reduce risks, and ensure fairness and consistency.

Dog Control Regulations

  1.           REFERENCES
  2.                          Health and Safety Code Division 3, Chapter 3
  3.                          San Diego Municipal Code, Section 44.0300
  4.                          UCSD Policy and Procedure Manual (PPM)

 516-5.0 Safety

 516-7.0 Animal Care

  1.         POLICY

In the interest of health, safety and the reduction of nuisance as well as conforming with the State of California Rabies Control Regulations, the State of California Health and Safety Code and the City of San Diego's "Leash Law," the following policy for control of dogs on campus is effective immediately:

  1.                          Any dog on campus must be under the direct control of a person capable of controlling and actually controlling the dog by means of a hand held leash not exceeding six feet in length. If a dog is not controlled in this specific manner, it shall be classified as "At Large."
  2.                          Any dog on campus must have a valid County or City license attached to its collar.
  3.                          Dogs are not permitted in any classroom or teaching laboratory, even though leashed and licensed, with the following exceptions:
      1. A seeing-eye dog serving an owner.
      2. University-owned dogs undergoing research applications.