As long as the College refuses to publically archive all-campus communications, it will fall on EphBlog to do so. I don’t have a, uh, dog in this fight, but if your curious about canine politics at Williams, you’ll want to keep reading.

To the Williams Community,

I’m writing to inform you about new guidelines set for the presence of dogs on campus. They’re relevant to everyone in the college community but especially if you have occasion to bring a dog to campus.

The College’s Employee Safety Committee took up the issue after hearing concerns from employees, some of whom are allergic to or uneasy around dogs. Most custodians are uncomfortable cleaning an office with a dog in it, especially when the owner isn’t there. In many cases the people bringing dogs onto campus are faculty, making most staff uncomfortable about raising the issue directly. At least one staff member reported having been bitten but still being uneasy about confronting the issue.

The Employee Safety Committee developed guidelines for bringing dogs to campus that are in line with the Town of Williamstown’s leash law and raised them with the Faculty Steering Committee. The Steering Committee recommended that the guidelines be aired at this week’s Faculty Meeting, which they were.

We now share them with the campus as a whole.

They are:

Dogs should be under the control of the owner or leashed at all times.

Dogs should not be allowed to roam freely about offices or buildings.

Owners should be responsible for cleaning up after their dogs.

If a dog is kept in an office while the owner is away a sign should be left on the closed door indicating that a dog is in the office. The room will not be serviced by staff or cleaned while the dog is present.

Incidents involving dogs should be handled case by case. Those involving personal injury should be handled by Adriana Cozzolino, Assistant VP for Administration. Those involving damage to buildings or grounds should be handled by Earl Smith, Jr., Director of Facility Operations.

The owner should be held responsible for any damages that are caused by the dog.

No retribution against an employee voicing a concern about the behavior of a dog should be tolerated.

Your cooperation with these guidelines will enhance the campus’ safety and sense of community. If you have any questions about them, please contact me at jthorndike _ at _ or x4343.

Jean Thorndike
Director of Campus Safety and Security

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