Dogs No Longer Allowed at CSC

Effective Aug. 1, dogs and other domesticated animals will no longer be allowed at the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus under a policy reviewed and approved by campus leaders. The prohibition is in accordance with the campus Coastal Long Range Development Plan (CLRDP) that was approved by the California Coastal Commision in 2009.

The updated policy aligns the Coastal Science Campus with the restriction on domestic animals at the main campus. The policy exempts service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The CLRDP required that nearly three-quarters of the site be protected as a natural reserve and restored to native habitats. The campus has committed to implementing a major, 20-year restoration plan on the Younger Lagoon Reserve.

In the past and as an exception to the University Non-Research Animal Policy, leashed dogs have been permitted on the site's public access trails. However, many dog owners have not complied with this and off-leash dogs are particularly disruptive to wildlife, teaching and research activities.

The campus will continue with an education campaign to let visitors know about the policy change and that domestic animals are no longer allowed on the campus including the trails. People who bring non-service animals on site, especially owners who allow their dogs off leash, may be cited. The campus anticipates that citations will at a minimum be $50 plus applicable court costs.