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Students -- and pets --move into dorms at Nicholls State

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A south Louisiana college is welcoming students back to campus and some, for the first time, are bringing their pets.

Taylor Lafleur moved into a dorm at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux last week with her dog, Moa — a 7-month-old Great Pyrenees and hound mix. Lafleur told The Daily Comet she's wanted to do so since freshman year. She says the dog provides emotional support and helps keep her happy.

Nicholls Director of Residential Living Alex Coad said seven students signed up for the pilot program announced in April.

Nicholls is Louisiana first public university to participate. Vice President of Student

Affairs Michele Caruso has said that research shows many students can benefit both psychologically and socially from living with an animal companion.