Dog Policy


Xavier Academy students, faculty, administration, staff, and visitors are NOT allowed to bring dogs on campus unless the dog is exempted (see below). Individuals who fail to comply with this component of the Dog Policy will be charged a facility cleaning fee based on the impacted building square footage.

In general, dogs are allowed on the grounds of campus but are not allowed inside buildings. Dogs must be properly controlled and present no danger or nuisance to the Xavier Academy campus and the commercial building where it is physically situated.

Rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinary surgeon is required for all dogs yearly. In addition, the current rabies vaccination tag must be properly displayed on the dog’s collar at all times.

No dogs shall be allowed to run loose on campus. All owners should keep their dog restrained by leash or kennel, and all dogs must be directly supervised.


Exempted Animals

Exempted Animals are permitted in Xavier Academy-controlled buildings, provided they are appropriately registered with Xavier Academy and licensed/tagged before bringing them on campus. Registration includes proof of current vaccination records and location(s) where the pet will be housed and regularly present. These animals are exempted only from the prohibition of pets in Xavier Academy-controlled buildings, not from all other stipulations of the Dog Policy outlined above. The exempted pet’s owner/handler will be held financially responsible for damages to Xavier Academy-controlled property, facilities, or grounds caused by their pet (including, but not limited to, repairing, replacing, or cleaning flooring, furniture, ductwork, filters, and landscaping). Exempted Animals include:

    • Working service animals (Under special conditions, working service animals who must be off-leash to carry out their duties may be allowed off-leash or out of their carrier but still always must be under the direct control of their owner/handler.
    • The dog is certified according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA does not require that service animals be certified as service animals. Xavier Academy may not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal, as a condition for entry (FAQs About Service Animals and the ADA). There are individuals and organizations that sell service animal certification or registration documents online. These documents do not convey to Xavier Academy any rights under the ADA and the Department of Justice does not recognize them as proof that the dog is a service animal.
    • On-duty police dogs.