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HMC Pet Policy (Student Handbook 2008-2009, page 2-4):

"Residents may keep small pets on campus as long as they are: kept in cages or tanks in their rooms; are legal in the state of California; and are not dogs or cats. Please complete pet registration online: http://www.hmc.edu/studentlife1/ashmc1/committees1/dac1/policies1/pets.html. Damage to dormitory rooms and/or furnishings that results from pets will be billed to the resident responsible for the pet. All pets must be kept clean, healthy, and in well-maintained living spaces."

Before you bring a pet to campus, consult your roommate and suitemates to see if anyone objects to the pet. If they do, do not bring the pet. You must register a pet within 7 days of bringing it on to campus. Any unregistered pet found on campus after 7 days will result in a fine of $50.00 (cats and dogs will incur a $100 fine), and subsequent DB charges will ensue if it is not removed.

All pets must be properly contained and well cared for. You will be held fully responsible for any damage caused by your pet. If your pet has fur, this includes steam cleaning of your room and possible carpet replacement. Facilities and Maintenance will make the determination of necessary cleaning and repair.

If someone objects to the presence, care, or impact of a registered pet on the physical space or community, they may bring the complaint to the DAC. The DAC will decide whether the pet may remain on campus, or if specific conditions will be added to the registration requirements.

This policy exists both to protect the welfare of the animals involved (a dorm room is too small for a cat, dog or other larger pet to be healthy and properly taken care of) and to protect the welfare of students living in the same dorm or room.

Please contact your dorm president, one of the DAC co-chair (Kacy McKibben, kacy_mckibben@hmc.edu, Atwood 302 or Sam Gordon, sam_gordon@hmc.edu, West 423) or Jason Santiago (jason_santiago@hmc.edu, DOS Office, X18301) if you have any questions.

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