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This policy applies to all employees, faculty, students, patients, community members and visitors of Tufts University.

Policy Statement

Tufts welcomes animals on campus consistent with the procedures outlined in this policy, but may exclude an animal from campus if it causes disruption, threatens the health or safety of others or otherwise fails to meet the criteria set forth in this policy.


Use the definitions below to better understand the Policy on Pets, Service and Assistance Animals.

Responsibilities of Animal Owners/Handlers

Owners/handlers must comply with the following provisions regarding the behavior and care of animals on campus:

  • Dangerous, poisonous or illegal animals are not permitted.
  • The behavior, noise, odor, and waste of the animal must not exceed reasonable standards and these factors must not create an unreasonable disruption for community members (including staff, faculty, students and/or residents).
  • The animal must be vaccinated in accordance with local law and meet all other licensing requirements.
  • The animal must be in good health and maintain good hygiene. If fleas, ticks or other pests are detected, the owner/handler will be billed for the required pest treatment.
  • From time to time, the University may use pesticides, pest control devices, de-icing materials, cleaning supplies, and other materials for the maintenance and operation of University facilities. The University is not responsible for any harm to animals on campus caused by such materials.
  • The owner/handler of a service animal is encouraged to voluntarily register the animal with SAS or OEO. The owner/handler of an approved assistance animal is required to register the animal with SAS or OEO. The University may provide registered animals with identification tags to display while on campus.
  • The owner/handler is financially responsible for the animal, including for any bodily injury or property damage caused by the animal.


The owner/handler is responsible for assuring that the animal does not unduly interfere or adversely affect the routine activities of others. If the university determines that the animal threatens the health, safety, or property of anyone in the Tufts community, or that the approved animal is adversely affecting the university’s programs and activities, Tufts will take appropriate measures, up to and including a determination that the approved animal may no longer be permitted on campus.

If a service or assistance animal is banned from university property, the individual with a disability will have the right to engage in an interactive process with the university to determine if effective participation can occur with other appropriate accommodations. The university is committed to engaging in an interactive process with individuals with disabilities to ensure reasonable accommodation.


This policy does not apply to animals used in approved university research.

This policy does not apply to animals used for teaching purposes in classes on campus, based on approved faculty requests for such use. Non-research animals used in classes should be approved by the department chair, dean and Risk Manager, as appropriate.

The university may impose additional restrictions on the presence of animals in certain locations or at particular events.

Questions and Contact Information

Undergraduate students on the Medford/Somerville campus and at the SMFA should contact:
Student Accessibility Services

Employees, graduate students, patients, community members and visitors should contact:
Office of Equal Opportunity