Randolph College should allow pets in one Residence hall.

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Randolph college should allow pets in one residence hall for the following reasons: 1. This will bring in money as the college can charge a fee for bringing a pet. 2. Obesity and depression are two of the most common undergraduate illnesses and owning a pet has proven to reduce both. According to the CDC, owning a pet can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and minimize feelings of loneliness and stress. 3. Randolph College should pair with the ASPCA and local animal shelters in support of the adoption of rescues and should also require pet owners to take dogs through a training course at a local shelter to promote a safe environment on campus. Certain areas of campus should be off limits to pets and if this rule is broken, the student should be asked to remove their pet. 4. Randolph can use the allowance of pets in one hall as an incentive for students. The requirements should include a GPA above 3.0, participation in a club, and volunteer work. Randolph should also use this as an incentive for good behavior from students. If a student gets written up or breaks honor code, they should be asked to remove their pet. 5. An on campus job for students should be created with the establishment of a dog daycare program. This would be ideal for students looking to become vets and would be a good experience for students to learn responsibility.  

The Randolph College pet program should be small and should only be open to students who comply with the rules and achieve excellence in academics. Even though not everyone could have their pet, there would be a decline in overall stress on campus and a rise in happiness and feelings of community. As a liberal arts college, Randolph should strongly consider following other colleges promoting this new idea of pets on campus. Vita Abundantior!



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