Section 1000: Campus Policy

Effective: August 30, 1990
Revised: January 2018
Review Date: January 2020 
Responsible Party: Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration


Animals are not allowed in campus buildings; exception listed below.

Exception would apply to “Service Animals” as defined by Montana Law (49-4-203 MCA) and the definitions and guidelines provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) such as guide dogs used for aiding the physically or sight impaired. Companion pets or emotional support animals are NOT service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA and are NOT allowed. The university will bar a service animal from a facility, when that animal’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others or behaves in a manner that disrupts the campus business such as classroom instruction or campus activities. For more information, please review MSU-Northern's Guidelines: Service and Emotional Support Animals.


  • If an employee sees an animal in a building with its owner, the owner should be asked to remove the animal from the building.
  • If the owner refuses, do not argue with the person. Just make a note of the incident and report it to the Director of Facilities Services or the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration..