Truman to Offer Pet-Friendly Housing Option


Truman is giving students the option to make their residence hall feel more like home by creating a pet-friendly living space.

Starting with the 2020-21 school year, Truman will utilize the first floor of Dobson Hall as pet-friendly housing. Animals that will be permitted to live on campus include dogs weighing no more than 40 pounds, cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits.  

“Pets are family, and there is an increasing demand for this service,” said Jamie Van Boxel, director of Residence Life. “Having a pet on campus can make the transition to college a little easier, and it really adds to the feeling that living on campus at Truman is a great choice for our students to continue to make even after their first year.”

While emotional support animals and service animals have been welcome on campus for years, this is the first time Truman has expanded a pet-friendly housing option to all students. Any students who wish to live with a pet can do so as long as they choose to live in Dobson Hall, meet specific requirements in the University’s housing policy and complete the approval and registration process. Those students who do not have a pet but would still like to live in the pet-friendly environment are also invited to do so as space permits.

Students and their family members with questions regarding pet-friendly housing can contact the Office of Residence Life at 660.785.4227 or They can also visit and click on Pet-Friendly Housing.