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Service Animals

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Service Animal

  • Any¬†animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.

  • 28 CFR 36.302(C)(1)
    • A service animal must be specifically trained to perform a service function.
    • No national standards for certification or licensure of service animals.
    • Service animals whose behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or is disruptive to the campus community, may be excluded regardless of training or certification.

Applicable Laws

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Fair Housing Amendments (Residence Halls)
  • Applicable State Laws

Responsibilities of Faculty/Staff/Students

  • Allow a service animal to accompany the PWD at all times and everywhere on campus except where service animals may be specifically prohibited. (Examples include: research laboratories, mechanical rooms/custodial closets, areas where protective clothing is required, areas where there is danger to the service animal.)
  • Do not feed or pet a service animal while they are working. (If the dog is in a harness, the dog is working.)
  • Do not separate or attempt to separate a PWD from his/her service animal.

Responsibilities of PWDs

  • Encouraged to register with the Office of Disability Resources & Services.
  • Abide by all requirements for the presence of animals in public places (vaccinations, licensure, ID tags, etc.) mandated by state or local ordinances.
  • Control animal; reasonable behavior is expected from service animals.
  • Expected to clean up after animal defecates. PWDs who physically cannot clean up after their own service animal may not be required to pick up and dispose of feces. However, they should use marked service animal toileting areas when such areas are provided.

Companion/Therapy Animals are not Service Animals

  • Fall outside the regulatory definition of a service animal
  • Not afforded the legal protection of service animals
  • Generally not (specifically) trained
  • Do not provide a service; their benefit is their presence (support)

Competing/Conflicting Disabilities

  • Persons making an asthmatic/allergy/medical complaint are encouraged to notify the Office of Disability Resources & Services. If an employee, they are also encouraged to contact the ADA Coordinator.
  • Person making the complaint must show medical documentation to support the complaint.
  • Action(s) will be taken to consider the needs of both persons and resolve the problem as efficiently and expeditiously as possible.
  • Each situation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Service animals do not usually create problems on campus. Problems generally arise when someone wants to bring an animal that is NOT a service animal to campus.

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