A pet is defined as any domesticated or tame animal that is kept as a companion. No exotic pets are allowed. For health and safety reasons, no pets except aquarium fish, are permitted in any traditional or pod-style residence facility, apartment, house, or furnished commuter townhouse. Pets are allowed only in certain townhouses that are identified as “pet units,” provided residents adhere to the following guidelines. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in forfeiture of University housing and pet deposits. Violation of the Pet Policy could result in fines exceeding $2,200. Residents are allowed to have no more than two pets in their unit.

  • Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life must be notified prior to assigning housing about the number and type of each animal.
  • Acquiring additional pets after initial move-in is not allowed without permission from the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life.
  • A pet deposit equal to one month rent must be paid in full prior to move-in.
  • The City of Dubuque has an Animal Leash Law. Dogs and cats must be licensed and kept on a leash, and accompanied by a responsible person when outside of the owner's residence.
  • Pet owners are responsible for picking up and disposing of animal waste in a timely and proper manner.
  • Excessively noisy animals are not permitted.
  • Any animal reported as a continuing disturbance to neighbors will have to be removed from the University property.
  • Pet owners are expected to assume responsibility for animals.
  • If during the semi-annual health, safety and general maintenance inspection it is discovered that a pet is causing damage, the owner will be asked to remove the pet from University property.
  • Kennels of any type are not allowed on University grounds.