Service Animal Policy
The Americans with Disabilities Act (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 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 fundementally alter the nature of the provider's operations. For example, if a roommate has asthma or allergies or fear of the animal, it is not reasonable for the animal to live in the room/apartment. Efforts would be made to find an alternative housing arrangement but it would be dependent on the time of the notification for the need for the animal and 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 is responsible for their 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 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.