CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University has announced a new pet-friendly community coming in fall 2018 on select floors of Myers Hall.
Rachel Rigney is looking forward to being one of the resident advisers.
"I think it'll be able to open up those connections a little bit more," Rigney said. "Maybe those bonds between a resident and and RA will be stronger."
Southeast is letting students roll out the welcome mats for family pets - dogs, cats and small caged animals - as part of a pilot program.
"In many cases, students grew up with pets and they have told us they are looking for a college that will permit their animal to come with them," said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success.
The university has been considering a pet-friendly community for some time in response to requests the Office of Admissions regularly receives from prospective students.
"We're always looking at new things that we can provide to help make our residential communities stand out," Kendra Skinner said, Director of Residence Life at Southeast Missouri State University.
Skinner says only a small number of universities are doing it, but it seems to be gain momentum.
"Here's someone that's always going to be there for me when I come back to my room, a little stress relief, you know, when I'm anxious about things that I got to do for classes," Skinner said.
The new pet-friendly community will be separate from policies allowing emotional support and service animals, which the University has accommodated for years in residence halls across the campus.
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