CSU Policy: Animal Control and Removal

Policy Title: Animal Control and Removal Category: Public Safety/Risk Management
Owner: Vice President for University Operations Policy ID#: 6-6023-001
Environmental Health Services
Web: http://www.ehs.colostate.edu/
Email: EHS@ColoState.edu
Phone: (970 491-6745

Also Contact:
Facilities Management-Dispatch
Web: https://www.fm.colostate.edu/
Email: fac_pg_shared_dispatch@mail.colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-0077
Original Effective Date: 1/11/1973
Last Revision: 8/15/2018
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The University seeks to assure the health, safety and welfare of the campus community. Animals brought onto campus can cause disruption, unsanitary conditions, and risk of injury to persons and property. The purpose of this policy is to provide for the appropriate control of all animals on University property, while allowing for the legitimate personal and business needs that they serve, and to assign responsibility for animal control.


1. No person owning or having under his/her control any animal, shall permit such animal to be brought upon University property without a leash suitably attached to the animal and with the restraint held by the person with responsibility for such animal. No person shall bring any animal into any University building or tie any dog to any object within the bounds of the University campus.  Local ordinances for the jurisdiction in which the university property is located will be enforced.

Exceptions to these prohibitions are:

  1. Service dogs and emotional support animals for individuals with disabilities. See CSU Policy on Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals, Student Disability Center Guidelines and Residence Hall Policies.
  2. Dogs engaged in law enforcement activities
  3. Animals brought for treatment to university veterinary medicine facilities or for approved sponsored research.
  4. Animals being transported, provided such animals remain safely and humanely inside a vehicle (including car, truck and trailer) and cause no disturbance such as barking.
  5.  Animals brought to events sponsored by a department of the University or a recognized student organization, provided that approval has been obtained in advance from the responsible senior administrators for the areas where the animals will be present. Requests must be submitted for the event through the Virtual EMS (Event Management System) by going to https://schedule.colostate.edu/EMSWebApp/.
  6. The Associate Vice President of Facilities Management may approve other exceptions.
  7. For wild animals such as raccoons or bats, or in animal bite situations, please contact Environmental Health Services.

2.  Feeding wild animals can endanger both animals and people, damage property, and is a public health concern. Feeding of wildlife, such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, foxes, skunks, coyotes, etc. on University property is strictly prohibited, except as part of a research project approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). All food trash should be disposed of in trash containers to avoid attracting wild animals and vermin.

3. Anyone observing a violation of this policy should contact Facilities Management at (970) 491-0077. Building proctors who are made aware of violations within their area of responsibility should contact the violator and explain this policy to them. If the individual continues to violate the policy, the Building Proctor should contact the CSU Police Department.

To report vicious dogs or in case of animal attack, call 911.


Wild animals, diseased animals: Environmental Health Services (970) 491-6745

Animals posing an immediate threat to health and safety (vicious or dangerous animals): CSU Police Department, call 911 or (970) 491-6425

Animals in buildings, other than service dogs (and emotional support animals in university housing only, with approval): contact the building proctor or Facilities Management, (970) 491-0099

Unauthorized feeding of wild animals: Facilities Management, (970) 491-0077


Building Proctor Manual

CSU Policy, Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals

City of Fort Collins Municipal Code, section 4-1, et seq.


Approved by the Board of Governors, September 21, 1973

Version 1.01 approved 4/9/2015 by Office of Policy & Compliance and CSU Police Department

Version 2.00 approved by: Lynn Johnson, Vice President for University Operations, effective September 5, 2017

Version 2.01 approved by: Lynn Johnson, Vice President for University Operations, effective August 15, 2018


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