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Pets on Campus

The Citadel
The Military College of South Carolina
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29409

30 July 2009
Number 2-11



The purpose of this Memorandum is to establish a standard of conduct expected of faculty and staff who bring pets onto The Citadel campus. This policy does not extend to service animals specifically trained to assist individuals with disabilities.


S.C.Code Ann59-121-50 (Law Co-op, 1976)


A. General Guidelines

  1. Household Pets. Members of the faculty and staff occupying quarters on The Citadel campus are authorized to keep dogs, cats and other small non-poisonous household pets (hamsters, birds, fish, etc.) in their quarters subject to certain limitations noted below.
  2. Unauthorized Pets. Farm animals such as goats, sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, ducks, poultry, etc., are not authorized. Wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, deer, squirrels, opossums, etc., are not authorized (even though domesticated and inoculated).

B. Inoculation and Control of Pets:

  1. Citadel personnel residing on campus must have dogs and cats inoculated against rabies once a year.
  2. Dogs and cats must wear secure collars or harnesses with tags containing identification and vaccination information at all times.
  3. No person living in Citadel quarters owning or having possession, charge, custody, or control of any animal will allow the animal to stray or to run at large on Citadel property. Pets are allowed outside of Citadel quarters only if restrained by leash.
  4. The Citadel Department of Public Safety will contact the City of Charleston or County Animal Control Services to remove stray animals from campus. Complaints or concerns regarding animals on campus should be directed to Public Safety.
  5. Pets will not be "walked" on the parade ground, in campus dependent play areas, or on athletic practice and drill fields at any time


C. Responsibility of Owners:

  • Owners will be held responsible for any damage or injury caused by their pets.
  • Owners are expected to ensure their pets do not become nuisances, sources of annoyance, or a danger to others.  Barking dogs, yowling cats, etc., may be removed from campus if the owner is unable to control the offending pet's noise irritation.
  • Pet owners leaving campus temporarily must ensure that proper care and control are provided for pets during their absence.
  • Animal feces must be removed and properly disposed of from Campus grounds including sidewalks, streets and other Citadel quarters.  Owners will ensure their pets do not cause damage to Citadel property including campus grounds.  Violators of this section may be required to remove the offending pet from campus premises.
  • Owners will ensure pets are not permitted on The Citadel parade ground, athletic practice fields, drill areas, or campus dependent play areas at any time.


Non-compliance with this policy may result in disciplinary action.  Violators of this Memorandum may be required to remove their pet(s) from the campus. 


A. Dates of official enactment and amendments:

Approved by the Director of Citadel Staff on 30 July 2009

B. Responsible Department:

Department of Public Safety

C. Responsible Official:

Director of Public Safety

D. Cross References



Memorandum No. 2, date 6 March 2003, is rescinded.

OFFICIAL Joseph Trez Jr.
Colonel, U.S.A. (Retired)
Director of Staff

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