Policies & Procedures


Section 1

Physical Environment and Properties


Sec. 905-40: Policy on Non-Research Animals on Campus

Responsible Administrator: Chief of Police
February 2016

References / Resources

Contact: UCI Police Department at (949) 824-5223

A. Purpose

Non-research animals are restricted on the UCI campus. This restriction supports the University's efforts to provide a safe work, learning, research, and patient care environment. It also helps minimize the health risks and fears of members of the campus community and aids the maintenance, appearance, and cleanliness of campus facilities.

This policy complies with City of Irvine regulations and applies to animals on the Irvine campus. Violations may result in disciplinary action.

Animal-related issues should be reported to the UCI Police Department:

  • Emergencies: 911
  • Non-emergencies: (949) 824-5223

B. Animals in Campus Buildings

In general, animals are prohibited in campus buildings, athletic fields or parks with the following exceptions:

  • Animals used, or intended for use, in teaching, research, and testing activities that have been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Service animals that assist persons with disabilities
  • Therapy animals used to support in-patient care programs
  • Animals used by the Police Department or in search and rescue activities
  • Fish aquariums not used in research or teaching
  • Animals for which an exception has been made (see F.)

C. Animals in Housing

  1. Animals housed in the following areas are subject to the policies of the Central Housing Office:
    • Verano Place
    • Palo Verde
  2. Animals housed in University Hills are subject to the policies of Irvine Campus Housing Authority.

D. Animals on University Property

While on University property, animals must be restrained and under the control of a person at all times. Anyone bringing an animal onto University property will be responsible for the proper care, feeding, and recovery and disposal of waste from their animal. Animals may not enter research animal facilities or laboratories without prior permission of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and a campus veterinarian.

E. Impoundment

Any animal found unattended in or on any campus facility may be impounded. Owners of an impounded animal will be held responsible for payment of any impound and/or license fees required to secure the release of their animal.

F. Exceptional Approval

Under certain circumstances, the Associate Vice Chancellor, Administrative & Business Services, may make an exception to this policy.