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Title 478 WAC - University of Washington


Chapter 478-128 WAC: Animal Control at the University of Washington

WAC 478-128-030: Animal control.


(1) All animals brought onto university property shall be subject to license and leash laws of the applicable city, county, or state jurisdiction.

(2) Except as provided in (a) through (e) of this subsection, no animals shall be allowed in any buildings or structures the university owns, operates, leases, rents, or controls:

  (a) "Service animals" and "service animals in training" may be permitted consistent with university policies, and/or state and federal laws.

  (b) Working animals under the control of police, security, or emergency personnel, or a trained university employee may be permitted for specific functions consistent with the animal's training.

  (c) Pets may be permitted in university residences for students, employees, patient's families, and the general public, consistent with housing agreements and policies established for each residence facility.

  (d) The recognized university mascot, properly leashed, may be permitted at appropriate university assemblages in auditoria, ballrooms, dining areas, and at athletic events.

  (e) Animals included as part of special events may be permitted, subject to guidelines established for specific university facilities and those established by the use of university facilities committee in accordance with chapters 478-136 and 478-137 WAC (for example, hosting a visiting team's animal mascot at Husky football games.)

(3) Further restrictions to animals may apply to specific areas of university property, consistent with university policies and/or state and federal laws, including, but not limited to, food preparation areas, animal research facilities and grounds, medically sensitive patient and clinic areas, and biologically sensitive or hazardous research sites.

(4) No animal shall be permitted to run at large on university property. Animals that are tethered in the owner's absence and not under the owner's direct control are also considered to be "running at large."

(5) No animal shall be permitted to enter any pond, fountain, or stream located on university property.

(6) No animal which emits frequent or long-continued noise so as to disturb or disrupt normal admistrative or academic routine shall be permitted on university property. Moreover, any animal that places human and/or animal life or university property in imminent danger shall be removed immediately from university property.

(7) Fecal matter or other organic debris deposited by animals must be removed immediately and properly disposed of by the animal's owner.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130. 09-08-016, § 478-128-030, filed 3/23/09, effective 4/23/09.]