CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Some Southeast Missouri State University students will be able to bring their dogs, cats and small caged animals to campus starting in the fall.

The university in Cape Girardeau announced a one-year pilot program Friday.

University vice president Debbie Below says the school has been considering a pet-friendly community because prospective students often ask if they can bring their animals.

The pet-friendly rooms, which will accommodate 92 students, will be on select floors of Myers Hall.

Students must fill out a request form and pay a $200 non-refundable registration fee.

Approved dogs must be at least 1-year-old and cats must be 6 months old and have already lived with the student’s family. They must be able to stay in a dorm room alone and will not be allowed in classes.

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