Bethlehem college adds dog-friendly policy

March 5, 2014 by  

Moravian college in Bethlehem has joined a number of other forward-thinking companies and now allows its employees to bring their four legged friends into work.

The new policy has been introduced by new president Bryon Grigsby. He adopted a greyhound from an area rescue facility and let Moravian students choose his name, then began bringing his dog to work daily. Mo the greyhound has become an everyday part of campus life, and a benefit for Grigsby, who admits it has led him to be on campus more than he usually would.

Dogs on campus are not anything new; the school has used therapy dogs to keep students calm during exam time for years. The new policy expands the presence of pets, within limits.

While employees can bring their dogs into private offices, the pets are not permitted in administrative offices or public areas. Students are welcome to bring their dogs into the classroom, but only if they give advanced notice and the instructor and other students do not object. Those who want to bring their pet to work or school will need to register with the college and provide proof that the dog is spayed or neutered.

Schools taking a dog-friendly approach can use printing services to create a written policy for dog owners, such as that dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times and need to be controlled by their owners.