Service Animals Policy

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), service animals shall not be excluded from university facilities.

The ADA defines a service animal as "... 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 guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing, providing minimal rescue or protection work, pulling a wheelchair or fetching dropped items." Emotional support/companion animals are not service animals and are not covered under the ADA.

Any student with a disability who is planning extended use of a service animal on campus should coordinate with the Disabilities Services office, which is located in the Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching, Howarth 105. Service animals may reside in university housing with the approval of the office of Residence Life, working in conjunction with the Disabilities Services office.

A service animal must be under the control of its handler at all times. Service animals whose behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others may be excluded regardless of training or certification.