The Boston Globe reports on college policies toward students having pets in dorms. Here’s a chunk about Wellesley College’s view on the matter:
College students, though, don’t always make the most responsible pet owners, said Kris Neindorf, director of residential and campus life at Wellesley College.
Students there are allowed nearly all types of pets except dogs, cats, and reptiles, as long as all the students on a floor agree via an anonymous pet vote. While students tend to vote down birds, Wellesley dorms have been home to the occasional parrot, canary, and parakeet. Students also can keep mice, gerbils, and guinea pigs.
Residents have on occasion decided midyear to vote an animal out if it becomes a nuisance, making noise or leaving droppings in common areas. College officials have also had to call animal control to remove pets that were neglected over long school breaks.
With the start of the school year Wellesley College students are cranking up blogs with renewed energy. Among them:
- “the crazy conservative Mormon Idaho girl”
- Shatter.drops, where we learn: Wellesley has a weird system of getting into classes: Don’t show up to class first day and you’re not enrolled in that class anymore -> your spot is given to someone else who does show up (even if you registered online)
Apparently, if you don’t have enough interest to go to your first class, then you relinquish your spot..