Guidebook

Dogs

Reed College dog policy

Passed by the Student Senate November 19, 1992
Revisions approved by Student Senate October 9, 1998,
Approved by the Faculty December 7, 1998,
Amended by the Faculty April 17, 2000

Introduction

All members of the Reed College community are bound by the Honor Principle to be responsible for the appropriate conduct of their dogs while on the Reed campus.  The purpose of this policy is to provide, in advance, a set of reasonable guidelines for acceptable behavior of any dog that visits Reed campus; it is intended to serve as a clarification of the obligations of dog owners to the Reed community.  Community members should be forewarned that a breach of this policy may, in itself, constitute a violation of the Honor Principle.  This policy pertains to the internal governance of the Reed College community only.  Its provisions shall be considered binding upon employees of the College in the performance of their duties.   It shall not be construed to abridge or supersede any rights or responsibilities put forth in Multnomah County law.  Further, this policy shall annul and supersede any other dog policies currently in existence at Reed College, with the exception of the Residential Pet Policy, with which the provisions of this policy are consistent.

Policy

  1. Dogs must be restrained by a leash, and accompanied by a person at all times while on the Reed College campus.
  2. Dogs are not permitted in the following locations:
    A. Commons
    B. Cafe
    C. Paradox Cafe
    D. IRCs
    E. Library (including the lobby)
    F. Classrooms where the professor bans dogs
    G. Sports Center
    H. Health Center
    I. Bookstore
    J. Kaul Auditorium
    K. Theater
  3. The S.U. committee shall set the dog policy for the Student Union.
  4. No dogs in heat are permitted on the Reed Campus.
  5. All dogs must have the following vaccinations:
    A. Rabies
    B. Parvo-virus
    C. DHLPP
    D. Kennel Cough
  6. No dog may threaten or attack any member of the Reed community. Dogs are also prohibited from attacking other animals on the Reed Campus.
  7. Dogs are not permitted to damage the property of Reed College or the property of any member of the Reed community. Any damages of Reed College property resulting from a dog may be charged to the owner's business account.
  8. Dogs must not disrupt any function or event on the Reed campus.
  9. Dogs must be registered with Multnomah County and display the appropriate current license tag while on campus.  In addition, they must be registered with Reed’s Office of Community Safety at no cost.  Dog registration should be completed at the time of normal academic registration, or within one week of the dog’s arrival on the Reed campus.  At the time of registration, one person must take primary responsibility for each dog.  Dog owners must give proof of vaccination (section 4, above) at the time of registration.  Upon registration, the dog will be issued a Reed identification tag that should be worn at all times.  A photograph will be taken of the dog to aid in identification in the case of violations or missing or injured dogs.
  10. The owners of dogs on campus are responsible for carrying plastic bags at all times tobe used for immediate collection and disposal of dog feces.

Implementation

At the beginning of each academic year, all students, faculty, and staff will receive a copy of this policy governing the behavior of dogs on the Reed Campus.

Community members who are aware of dog policy violations should take informal steps to notify the owner of his/her dog’s behavior.  Violations of this policy may be reported to the Office of Community Safety, which shall promptly notify the dog owner and place a written complaint in the dog owner’s file.   Any dog who accrues three (3) complaints will be banned from the Reed College campus. (Please see below for appeal process information.) If any dog owner persists in bringing his/her dog to campus after it is banned, Community Safety may take any steps necessary under Multnomah County law to remove the dog from campus. In this case the owner will be in violation of the Honor Principle and will be subject to communal sanctions as defined by the judicial system of the community.

Community members who believe that an Honor Violation has occurred due to clear violations of the policy or for reasons not specified in this document, may raise an Honor Issue through the appropriate judicial mechanisms of the Reed community.  Single violations of this policy may in and of themselves constitute a violation of the Honor Principle.

Any dog which poses an immediate threat to the safety of community members may be removed immediately from the Reed College campus, without prior notification of the owner, by emergency action of the Office of Community Safety. Any such dog, whether sick, vicious, or otherwise dangerous may be banned from the Reed campus by the Office of Community Safety, until such time as the ban has been made permanent by an appropriate judicial body, or until the animal no longer poses a threat to members of the community.  Moreover, if a dog bites anyone on the Reed College campus, it will be permanently banned from any properties of the College with recourse to appeal only in extraordinary situations such as extreme provocation of the dog. Appeals of this nature will be heard by the Appeals Board.

Violations of this policy may result in penalties, at the discretion of the appropriate judicial body.  Penalties may include, but are not limited to, fines, the requirement of more stringent restraint, or permanent removal of the animal from campus.  The Office of Community Safety may be charged with the enforcement of penalties imposed through the judicial system of the community.  An action of the Office of Community Safety may be appealed to the appropriate judicial body of the Reed College community within five (5) working days.

(last modified: August 22, 2013)