(BLOOMINGTON) – As the weather warms up, staff, faculty, students, and guests are reminded that any animal brought to the IU Bloomington campus must be on a leash, or otherwise under active restraint, at all times while on property that is owned, leased or rented by IU. Passive restraint, such as voice command, is not sufficient.
Per the “Animals on University Property” policy, animals should not be left unattended on campus, and the owner is responsible for all damages and injuries caused by the animal. In addition to any monetary consequences, failure to follow the guidelines may subject the animal’s owner to corrective action procedures listed in the university’s staff, academic or student policies. Service animals are exempt from this requirement if the leash interferes with the work or task the animal has been trained to perform. Additional details are available from University Policies.
“IU Bloomington is very proud of our woodland campus, which is a legacy resource, and keeping dogs on a leash while walking on campus will support the campus’s efforts to create and maintain both the woodlands and the wildlife populations for the enjoyment of all who use the campus,” said Mia Williams, university landscape architect. “IU Bloomington wants all members of the university community, including our guests, to use and enjoy the natural beauty of the campus in a safe and environmentally conscious way. Keeping canine companions on a leash will support this goal.”