Animal Visitation Policy

Statement of Policy

Delaware Valley University prohibits animals from college-controlled buildings, except for those animals that are specifically approved as per this policy. In addition, while on college-controlled property, animals must be attended and restrained at all times, and may be on campus for short recreational periods only.

Reason for Policy

The University wishes to uphold federal, state, and local laws and regulations; ensure the health and safety of its community, including its legitimately resident animals; preserve the integrity of its grounds, buildings, and other property; and support a healthful educational environment that respects the rights of individuals.


The University prohibits individuals from bringing dogs or other animals inside any college-controlled buildings, except for those animals that are approved as exempt from this policy (see complete policy for definitions of approved animals). In addition, while on college-controlled property, animals must be attended and restrained at all times and waste removal shall be enforced. Animals shall not be permitted in areas where prohibited by official signs or notice. Animals may not be kept on campus for extended periods of time, and may only be on campus for short recreational or visiting purposes.

Animals, both running free and brought to campus, pose a significant liability risk to the college and its community members. This policy standardizes the college’s position on the management of animals.  Animals can pose a threat to the health and safety of the campus community, as well as to a healthful educational environment (through allergy, excessive noise, animal bites, and disease transmission via fleas, ticks, parasites, viruses, bacteria, etc.). Individuals with disabilities are at particular risk. For instance, dogs running freely pose a particular hazard to individuals using service animals.

Animals on campus can be very destructive, causing damage to grounds, buildings, and property. This policy applies to all college-controlled grounds and spaces. This includes, but is not limited to, residence halls, living units, academic buildings, administrative offices, outdoor spaces on campus, and off-campus locations controlled by the college. 

Note: Individual entities may have more restrictive policies which apply only to their areas and/or for special events. This policy applies to all animals, unless specifically approved herein (see the "Approved Animals" segment of this document, below).


Attended and Restrained – In the immediate vicinity of an owner, and either on a leash of six feet or shorter, in a cage, or, in the case of a certified Service Animal, voice-controlled, To be considered attended, an animal may not be left fastened to a stationary object. Research and Teaching Animals – Animals that are officially part of DelVal’s teaching, research, and/or clinical programs.

Service Animal – A guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.

University Controlled Property – Property that is owned, operated, or maintained by the College.

Approved Pets and Other Animals

The following animals are permitted on college-controlled property:

  • service animals while performing their duties (owners must properly dispose of their service animals’ waste);
  • research, clinical, and teaching animals (used directly in support of the college's missions of research and teaching);
  • animals-in-training participating in DelVal approved programs;
  • Pets in residence hall in accordance with the DelVal Student handbook.
  • On-duty police dogs;
  • Animals which reside with employees of the college living in DelVal owned properties.

In addition, exemptions may be granted for events involving animals. To be granted such an exemption, an individual must make a specific request through the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at least 3 weeks prior to the activity—see final section of the Policy for procedure of notification.

Failure to Comply

Violation of these regulations may result in administrative and/or disciplinary action to the owner.

Unattended or Unrestrained Animals

When a member of the college community observes or becomes aware of an unrestrained or unattended animal, a reasonable attempt will be made to locate the animal's owner. If the owner is located, compliance with college policy shall be requested. When appropriate, other measures, including disciplinary or administrative action may be invoked. If attempts to find the animal's owner are unsuccessful, the Department of Public Safety and Security will contact the Bucks County SPCA at 215.794.7425 to remove the animal from university property.


For Immediate Assistance - Where there is clear and immediate danger to person or property, contact the Department of Public Safety at Security at 215.489.4444 (or 4444 from a campus telephone).

To Report a Violation - To report an animal that is loose or unattended or to report an animal bite, contact the Department of Public Safety and Security at 215.489.4444.

Persons bringing non-approved animals inside a college controlled building or into a posted prohibited area should be asked to remove the animal from that location.  If they refuse to do so, contact the Department of Public Safety and Security at 215.489.4444

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Notification of animal activity for a class or other activity to the DVU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) shall be made at least 3 weeks prior to the activity.  This notification should be to the chair (Dr. Kathryn Ponnock), secretary (Ms. Rebecca Hughes) or attending veterinarian (Dr. Pamela Reed) of the committee.  The person receiving notification will notify the other two upon receipt of this notification.  A brief description of the animal use, the sponsoring faculty/staff member, the sponsoring class/group and the dates of the use should be included in the notification.

The chair of the IACUC will decide and/or consult with other IACUC members (if necessary) to decide if the use constitutes need for a protocol and full review by the IACUC.  They will then inform the person notifying the IACUC about the animal use as to this decision and advise them about procedures for submitting protocols for review by the IACUC if necessary.  This shall take place within 2 business days of the original notification so that the faculty member/group sponsoring the activity has sufficient time before the event for approval (IACUC review and approval takes a minimum of 2 weeks).  The IACUC is responsible for monitoring animal use on this campus to make sure we are compliant with the laws because our small animal lab is a USDA licensed facility.  Therefore the IACUC needs to be notified about all animal use on this campus, including use of legitimately resident animals.

The attending veterinarian of the small animal facility may address concerns to the sponsoring faculty member or group regarding health of visiting animals and impact on animals legitimately residing on campus.  These concerns will need to be addressed before the activity can be approved.

The IACUC sends out biannual surveys to faculty about animal use in classes and research.  If the use is ongoing and either has 1) active protocols approved by the IACUC or 2) been deemed exempt from reviewed protocols and the faculty member has responded to these surveys, notification about each separate incident of animal use is not necessary.



Pennsylvania law clearly states that:

  • It is illegal for any person under 21 years of age to possess, attempt to purchase, consume, or transport any alcoholic beverages within Pennsylvania.

  • It is illegal for any person to sell or give alcoholic beverages of any kind to a person who is under 21 years of age.

  • It is illegal for any person to misrepresent his or her own age or the age of any other person to obtain alcoholic beverages.

The University is not responsible for enforcing the laws of Pennsylvania but fully and openly cooperates with local, state, and federal authorities in enforcement of these laws. All students are responsible for abiding by the laws of the Commonwealth.

In alignment with current Pennsylvania Law, the University policy on alcoholic beverages is as follows:

  1. For those students and their guests who are of legal age, alcoholic beverages are to be confined to resident rooms with doors closed, except as allowed at a Registered Social Event. All students in a room where alcohol is present will be considered in constructive possession if any person present is under the age of 21.

    • All individual students or guests in any student room must be of legal age when alcohol is present. In suite-style rooms where of age and underage students reside, alcohol must remain in the bedroom with the of age residents.
  2. Students under the age of 21 may not possess or consume alcohol.

  3. Alcohol possession and consumption is prohibited in all common spaces (common lounges, hallways, academic buildings, outdoors, etc.).

  4. Alcoholic beverage quantities are restricted to the following amounts:

    • Alcoholic beverages with alcohol content by volume (ABV) of greater than 20% are prohibited on any part of campus or at sponsored off-campus events. The only exception is within the confines of permanent staff and faculty residences.

    • Bulk amounts or common sources of alcohol are expressly prohibited on campus, except as allowed at a Registered Social Event. Examples of bulk amounts and common sources of alcohol are kegs, beer balls, jug wines, and punch bowl mixers.

    Students may possess a total of 2 alcohol units in each room. 1 unit of alcohol consists of:
    • UNIT A: 32 fluid ounces of alcoholic beverages with ABV of 10%-20% (typically wine and liquors, approximately one quart, or one standard 750mL bottle).

    • UNIT B: 180 fluid ounces of alcoholic beverages with ABV below 10% (typically beer and malt beverages, approximately 15 standard 12oz bottles, 11 pints, or 4 large 40 oz. bottles)

  5. Empty alcohol containers and paraphernalia are considered violations of this policy. These items include, but are not limited to, wine bottles, beer cans/bottles, liquor bottles of any size, shot glasses, beer bongs and funnels.

  6. Due to the dangerous nature and encouragement of over consumption of alcohol, drinking games are prohibited in the residence halls at all times. Such games include but are not limited to beer pong, flip cup, kings, quarters, etc.

  7. University officials may confiscate any items that violate this policy and confiscated material may not be returned.

  8. The University reserves the authority to prohibit the possession and use of alcohol by any person, room, floor, or building, as it deems necessary.

Information regarding laws and associated penalties related to alcohol may be found in the Pennsylvania crimes code, linked here:

Information regarding the procurement, possession, distribution and licensing requirements related to alcohol in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania can be found here:

Health information related to the consumption of alcohol can be found here:

Drug Policy

Statement of Policy

Delaware Valley University will not tolerate any form of possession, use and/or distribution of controlled substances, including paraphernalia, which are prohibited by federal, state or local law. Concerns of this nature will be formally addressed through the student conduct process. Depending on the circumstances, suspension or expulsion from Delaware Valley University is possible.

Definition of Terms
  1. Distributing

    Deliver, sell, pass, share, or give any controlled substance determined to be illegal from one person to another or to aid therein.

  2. Possession

    Possess or hold without any attempt to distribute any controlled substance, determined to be illegal.

  3. Paraphernalia

    Examples include any and all types of drug paraphernalia including but not limited to bongs, water pipes, roach clips, pipes, bowls or any items modified or adapted so that they can be used to consume controlled substances. These items are not allowed on University property and will be confiscated when found.

Information regarding laws and associated penalties related to the possession, manufacture, transportation and distribution of illegal drugs may be found in the Pennsylvania crimes code, linked here:

Information regarding United State federal laws and penalties related to the possession, manufacture, transportation and distribution of controlled substances may be found in the United Stated Code linked here:

21 U.S.C. Title 21 - FOOD AND DRUGS

Health information related to the use of illegal drugs can be found here:


Hazing Prevention Policy


Delaware Valley University is committed to creating and fostering a safe and healthy campus community built on the core values and hazing is a serious violation against these values. Respect all people, live each day with purpose, and act as one learning community with one purpose are values which guides Hazing Prevention at Delaware Valley University. We believe students should not be demeaned or exposed to harm when pursuing involvement in campus life. Joining a university organization and/or team is a serious commitment reflecting the core values and as such hazing is not tolerated nor should be part of any campus group’s educational process and membership.

Read the rest of the Hazing Prevention Policy here