Service Animal and Therapy Animal Policy

Per the Fair Housing Act, PLNU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students with Service Animals or Therapy Animals in the residence halls, on a case-by-case basis. The University allows qualified students with Service Animals access to classrooms and other buildings on campus according to the policy outlined below.

Service Animals

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a Service Animal as any dog 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 who are hearing impaired to sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair or fetching dropped items.

The university will not permit animals if (1) they would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others; (2) would pose an undue financial or administrative burden; or (3) would fundamentally alter the nature of the University's educational or housing operations.  For example, if a roommate has asthma or allergies or a fear of the animal, it is not reasonable for the animal to live in the room/apartment.  Efforts will be made to find an alternative housing arrangement for the animal based on the availability of housing. 

The Pet policy in the residence halls does not apply to Service Animals as they are not pets.  However, Service Animals may not reside in the residence halls without approval of the Office of Residential Life, subsequent to the student's registration with the Disability Resource Center.  Requests will be processed as follows:

·        The requesting student should provide the Disability Resource Center (DRC) with appropriate documentation at least 90 days before prospective housing will be needed for the animal.   The Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will review the documentation and arrange a meeting with a representative of the Office of Residential Life. 

·        There will be no extra cost to the student with a documented disability for having a Service Animal in the residence hall. 

·        Individuals using a Service Animal are responsible for their Service Animals at all times.  Use of the animal may not constitute a direct threat to the health and safety of others.  The owner is responsible for the health of the animal with verification from a licensed veterinarian and/or Service Animal school, also for maintaining cleanliness at all times, including the sanitary disposal of animal wastes, for any property damage caused by the animal, for the behavior of the animal in private and public places and for due care and diligence in use of the animal on campus. 

·        Attempts will be made to house the student and Service Animal or Therapy Animal in a room devoid of conflict based on allergies, fear of animals, or religious beliefs.  Conflicts that occur after placement will be mitigated and adjustments will be made on a case-by-case basis.

·        The student with a Service Animal is expected, as are other students, to follow outlined procedures for emergency evacuation and to participate in emergency evacuation drills.  Individual needs must be arranged in advance with the Residence Hall Director. 

Therapy Animals

Per the Fair Housing Act, the University provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students with Therapy Animals access to the assigned Residence Hall on campus according to the policy outlined below.

The university will not permit animals if (1) they would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others; (2) would pose an undue financial or administrative burden; or (3) would fundamentally alter the nature of the University's educational or housing operations.  For example, if a roommate has asthma or allergies or a fear of the animal, it is not reasonable for the animal to live in the room/apartment.  Efforts will be made to find an alternative housing arrangement for the animal based on the availability of housing. 

The Pet policy in the residence halls does not apply to Therapy Animals as they are not pets.  However, Therapy Animals may not reside in the residence halls without approval of the Office of Residential Life, subsequent to the student's registration with the Disability Resource Center.  Requests will be processed as follows:

·        The requesting student should provide the Disability Resource Center (DRC) with appropriate documentation at least 90 days before prospective housing will be needed for the animal.   The Director of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will review the documentation and arrange a meeting with a representative of the Office of Residential Life. 

·        There will be no extra cost to the student with a documented disability for having a Therapy Animal in the residence hall. 

·        Individuals using a Therapy Animal are responsible for their Therapy Animals at all times.  Use of the animal may not constitute a direct threat to the health and safety of others.  The owner is responsible for the health of the animal with verification from a licensed veterinarian, also for maintaining cleanliness at all times, including the sanitary disposal of animal wastes, for any property damage caused by the animal, for the behavior of the animal in private and public places and for due care and diligence in use of the animal on campus. 

·        Attempts will be made to house the student and Therapy Animal in a room devoid of conflict based on allergies, fear of animals, or religious beliefs.  Conflicts that occur after placement will be mitigated and adjustments will be made on a case-by-case basis.

·        The student with a Therapy Animal is expected, as are other students, to follow outlined procedures for emergency evacuation and to participate in emergency evacuation drills.  Individual needs must be arranged in advance with the Residence Hall Director.