Bring Your Dog to Work Policy
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
BRING YOUR DOG TO WORK POLICY
Designated Areas on campus: Dogs will be allowed in the owner’s office or cubicle, provided there is some form of appropriate containment in their work area. The owner is responsible for controlling their dog at all times. Owners must use a leash while walking the dog and when the dog is in common areas, unless the area is designated for recreation for employees and dogs. The Ellen Clark Sculpture Park is such a designated area that permits dogs to be off a leash while inside the park area.
Dogs are prohibited from entering any laboratories, buildings that house comparative medicine facilities, fitness center, lactation rooms, food preparation areas, serving and dining areas, restrooms, medical and patient care facilities, SLU vans, shuttles, mechanical rooms, kitchen areas, the data centers (located in Des Peres Hall, Doisy Research Center, and the Caroline Building), and any such areas as designated by the building manager or Vice President of that division.
Employees wishing to bring their dog to work will submit a request to the department head, or their designee, and sign an Authorization and Release form which includes a Waiver of Liability (see 6.2 Responsibilities of Dog Owners). The owner will also submit all pertinent medical information regarding the dog’s vaccinations, proof that the dog is on a flea and tick control regimen, and is free of infection or ringworm.
5.1 Guidelines for bringing a dog to work
Dog owners who have been approved to bring their dog to work may do so on the first Wednesday of every month. This policy only permits a dog owner to bring one dog to work at a time. Managers may ask the dog owner to remove a dog at any time that it be-comes aggressive, destructive or distracting to workers.
The following conditions must be met:
5.2 Guidelines for appropriate clean-up, disinfecting, and disposal of dog waste.
The owner of the dog is solely responsible for all clean-up inside and outside the building. The owner will immediately attend to any accidents and/or other messes the dog may cause using the appropriate cleaning and disinfectants supplied by Custodial Services. Departments are required to have on hand kits for the owner’s use. The kits will be purchased from Custodial Services. The department head may request the dog owner(s) who are bringing their dog to the work place to share in the cost of the kit.
Each kit will contain the approved cleaning, disinfecting and disposal supplies. The owner will dispose of the dog waste in exterior receptacles.
Custodians will not enter an office or cubicle when a dog is present.
5.3 Use of time
Employees who bring their dog to work will utilize their designated lunch and break periods to tend to walking or caring for the needs of their dog.
If an employee has to leave work to remove their dog from the premises if it becomes ill while on University property, or for any other reasons, the employee will need to submit vacation time. If the employee does not have accrued vacation hours, the time it takes to remove the dog from the premises will be unpaid time.
The dog owner shall be completely responsible for their dog at all times. The dog owner must sign a waiver, prior to bringing their dog to work, that unconditionally releases,
6.2 Responsibility of Department Heads
Department heads/designees will respect and be sensitive to all of their employee's needs. Employees who because of health conditions, who are allergic to dog hair and pet dander, or who are fearful of dogs will not be subjected to a work environment that will exacerbate their condition. These issues will be taken into consideration prior to granting authorization.
Department heads/designees shall be responsible for maintaining copies of
This policy has been approved by: