According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are animals “that have been 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.”
According to the definition of the ADA the person must have a disability as defined by the ADA and the animal must be trained to do specific work and tasks for the person.
Students who have the need for a service animal on campus should first contact the Center for Access and Accommodative Services (CAAS) to register as a student needing services and submit documentation of their disability.
Students who establish services through CAAS will be required to attend a Services Training to learn about the policies and procedures of the services they wish to use.
Students using service animals on campus must adhere to the following:
- The owner/handler must fill out a Service Animal Registration form at the CAAS office
- Provide evidence that the animal has been individually and specifically trained for the benefit of the individual who has a disability and desires the use of the animals assistance
- Provide a current clean health certificate
- The animal must be on a leash and under control at all times
- Owners/handlers are required to carry equipment and bags sufficient to clean the animal’s waste and properly dispose of it. Persons who are not physically able to pick up and dispose of the animal waste are responsible for making necessary arrangements for assistance. The college is not responsible for cleaning animal waste.
- The care and supervision of the service animal is the sole responsibility of the owner/handler
- The animal must be used in ways that do not create safety hazards for other persons
- Service animals that are ill are not allowed on campus
- Service animals that are unruly or disruptive ( barking, running around unleashed, aggressive toward others, bringing attention to itself, and/or other disruptive behavior) will be required to be removed from the campus
- Service animals are prohibited from kitchens and areas where food is prepared
- CAAS suggests that service animals have some identifying identification such as a harness, cape, or backpack as appropriate so others can identify them as a working animal