Pet-friendly housing announced: Restrictions detailed on dog breeds, weight limits and more

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 6:20 PM

The reopening of Towers A means the beginning of a new living option for students: pet-friendly rooms. Towers at Edinboro University will open back up in the Fall of 2019 and welcomes students to bring their furry friends. With some exceptions.

For students looking to bring their pets to campus, there’s first an application process that they must complete. They must also make sure that the dogs and cats are within compliance with all of the policies set by the university.

Requirements for animals living on campus include being up-to-date with vaccinations, being at least six months old, and having lived with the student and their family for three months prior to campus move-in day.

Other stipulations are more dog specific. Dr. Stacie Wolbert, vice president of student affairs, stated that “Dogs must be 40 pounds or less when fully grown.” Wolbert also discussed restrictions on breeds of dogs. “A mix of any, or any dog that displays aggression” will not be allowed. Some of the breeds that Edinboro University includes in that category are Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dalmatians and Dobermans.

Furthermore, any dogs should have exams for “rabies, distemper series, and de-worm/fecal,” said Wolbert. Meanwhile, cats should have exams for “rabies, feline leukemia, distemper series and de-worm/fecal.”

Other pets that fall under similar restrictions to cats and dogs are rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, gerbils, rats and guinea pigs. In addition, reptiles and fowl are not permitted, according to the official A080 pet friendly campus policy. Students are “financially responsible for the actions of their pet including, but not limited to: bodily injury, housing damages, and campus damages.”

You can find the entire pet policy by searching “A080” at Edinboro.edu.

This new living style comes at a time with additional housing news at ‘Boro, though, as Rose and Earp halls will be closed starting in fall of 2019.
“Rose and Earp are closing permanently. Highlands are closed for maintenance and will reopen the next year. The buildings (Rose and Earp) will be torn down at some point, but I do not know when,” said Wolbert. Currently, Earp Hall houses OAS students, as well as a living learning community for honors students. Rose Hall houses OAS students, Edinboro’s ROTC students and the dining hall. Highlands seven and eight are set to close as well, however, unlike Rose and Earp, they will reopen in the fall of 2020.

Rose and Earp halls will, for the time being, join an increasing number of empty buildings across campus. This list includes Miller Research Center and Centennial Hall. At this point, the honor’s program has decided to relocate their living learning community to Highlands, according to Wolbert.

Students who require special accommodations due to a disability have the option of the Highlands, where rooms meet American Disability Association (ADA) standards. However, Wolbert mentioned that some students might have wheelchairs that fall outside of those specifications. “We have ADA accessible rooms in the Highlands, however, some students’ chairs are beyond those specifications (they would need larger rooms). We are continuing to investigate the demand for rooms and options for renovations,” she said.

No announcements have been made regarding whether or not Rose’s dining hall will be relocated. Wolbert said: “At this time the university is in the process of evaluating bids for the new dining contract. I am unaware of any plans for a replacement to the dining facilities as Rose. That will be handled through the bidding and negotiating process.”

Sydney Dundon | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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