Residence Life

Division of Student Services

Residence Life Pet Guidelines

Pet Guidelines for Residence Halls & Houses

From the Housing Contract 2014-15:

Small caged pets and fish are permitted in the residence halls; dogs and cats are not permitted. Residents are responsible for the well being of their pets including keeping cages and aquarium tanks clean. All pets must be removed from the residence halls during break periods. Complaints about disruption or pet care may result in the removal of the pet and disciplinary action. Residents must register their pet with Residence Life and comply with the Pet Guidelines, found below.

  • Residents are limited to one small cage per room. Aquariums over 25 gallons are not permitted.

  • The resident pet owner must register their pet with Residence Life prior to the pet’s arrival to campus. See Pet Registration Form.

  • The resident pet owner must take primary responsibility of the pet. The resident pet owner agrees to ensure the pet is properly fed, cleaned, and given appropriate medical care as needed.

  • Resident pet owners in a double, divided double, or triple room must receive approval from roommates and must agree on expectations for the pet prior to the pet’s arrival to campus. If there are concerns for the pet in the room, the resident pet owner is responsible for trying to resolve the situation to satisfaction. If a roommate or community member is allergic, the pet will not be permitted to reside in the room and/or common spaces.

  • Pets must remain in the resident pet owner’s room unless there is explicit agreement from the community the pet can be in common spaces. Pets are not permitted in kitchen spaces.

  • A pet must be under the direct supervision of the resident pet owner or designated community member when in common spaces. The owner or designated community member is responsible for cleaning up after the pet in common spaces.

  • Pets must be removed from the residence halls during the winter and summer break when the halls are closed.

  • The resident pet owner is responsible for coordinating the care of a pet for any absence from campus longer than one night.

  • All pets must be current on recommended vaccinations. The resident pet owner must provide documentation of vaccinations upon request from Residence Life staff.

  • The resident pet owner is responsible for the cost of all damages caused by the pet, including the cost to remove pet odors. Inspections of rooms and the assessment of damages will occur twice a year by Residence Life and Facilities staff. Facilities staff reserve the right to move pet supplies (e.g. scratching posts or cages) to complete necessary work.

Residence Life reserves the right to exclude any pet from campus housing in circumstances including, but not limited to: aggressive behavior, disruption to the community, care or hygiene concerns, and/or threat to the health or safety of others.

Failure to comply with these guidelines, provide reasonable care for a pet, or follow all local and state ordinances may result in disciplinary action, including termination of the resident pet owner’s housing contract. Multnomah County Animal Control will be contacted in the case of any neglected, abandoned, mistreated or abused pets.

Pet Guidelines for Apartments

From the Reed Housing Contract 2014-15:

One cat or one dog per designated pet apartment is permitted; small caged pets and fish are also permitted. Students are responsible for the well being of their pets. Complaints about disruption or pet care may result in the removal of the pet and disciplinary action. Residents must register their pet and comply with the Pet Guidelines, found below.

  • Residents are limited to one small cage, one cat or one dog per apartment. Aquariums over 25 gallons are not permitted.
  • All resident pet owners must register their pet with Residence Life prior to the pet’s arrival to campus. See Pet Registration Form.
  • The resident pet owner must display signage on the exterior door notifying campus emergency and facilities staff there is a pet inside the apartment.
  • Resident pet owners in a two-bedroom apartment must have approval from their roommate and must agree on expectations for the pet prior to the pet’s arrival to campus. If there are concerns for the pet in the room, the resident pet owner is responsible for trying to resolve the situation to satisfaction. If a roommate is allergic, the pet will not be permitted in the apartment.  
  • The resident pet owner must take primary responsibility of the pet. The resident pet owner agrees to ensure the pet is properly fed, cleaned, and given appropriate medical care as needed.
  • Pet supplies (e.g. litter boxes) must be contained to the resident pet owner’s room unless there is explicit agreement from the roommate pet supplies can be in common areas.
  • Pets must be removed from the apartment during the summer break.
  • The resident pet owner is responsible for coordinating the care of a pet during any overnight absence from campus.
  • A cat or dog must be at least six months old. The resident must provide written verification of the approximate age by a veterinarian upon request from Residence Life staff.
  • All pets must be current on recommended vaccines and all cats and dogs must be spayed or neutered. The resident pet owner must provide proof upon request from Residence Life staff that the pet has the following vaccinations:
    • Cats: Rabies, Respiratory/distemper, Feline Leukemia
    • Dogs: Rabies, Parvo, Corona, DHLP
  • The resident pet owner is responsible for the cost of all damages caused by the pet, including the cost for removing pet odors. Inspections of rooms and the assessment of damages will occur twice a year by Residence Life and Facilities staff.

Residence Life reserves the right to exclude any pet from campus housing in circumstances including, but not limited to: aggressive behavior, disruption to the community, care or hygiene concerns, and/or threat to the health or safety of others.

Failure to comply with these guidelines, provide reasonable care for a pet, or follow local and state ordinances may result in disciplinary action, including termination of the resident pet owner’s housing contract. Multnomah County Animal Control will be contacted in the case of any neglected, abandoned, mistreated or abused pets. 

Contact Res Life

res.life@reed.edu
Phone: 503/777-7536
Fax: 503/517-7691
Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.

Amy Schuckman

Assistant Dean
503/517-7834

Clea Taylor

Director of Housing
503/517-7429

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Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.;
closed noon–1 p.m.

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