Lock Haven University to permit pet-friendly dorm in the spring

Rachel Kurland
November 09, 2018 - 12:03 pm

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LOCK HAVEN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Lock Haven University students now have one more thing to add to their college dorm move-in list: a pet.

Lock Haven University in Central Pennsylvania will allow students who live in the university's North Hall to have four-legged friends by the spring semester of 2019, making the institution the first in the state system of schools to allow pets in residence halls.

"Students who are comfortable where they live have greater success," said Emmy Borst, LHU North Hall residence hall director, "and pets are a great source of comfort to many students."

Borst hopes bringing a pet to campus will enhance the student experience, and even attract more students to enroll.

"Studies show that students who feel at home on campus are the students that thrive both socially and academically," she added in a release.

Currently in Pennsylvania, the law dictates that students can only bring emotional support animals to campuses.

LHU will allow students to bring their "long-term pets" in tow, which the university defines as being "under the primary care of the resident or their family for at least three months."

Pets must be at least 6 months old, and only certain species, breeds and sizes are permitted, like cats, dogs under 40 pounds with breed restrictions, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and fish.

North Hall can house approximately 200 students. 

To apply, students are required to submit photos of the animal, current vaccination records, and a spay or neuter certificate for cats and dogs.