In consideration of personal safety, as well as sanitation, privately owned animals are not permitted on campus. Only in the following cases are animals allowed:
Persons violating this policy will be requested to leave campus with their animals immediately. Animals found unattended may be impounded by campus security and turned over to animal control officers.
A service animal is defined as any dog or miniature horse individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. If an animal meets this definition, it is considered a service animal for purposes of this regulation even if it has not been licensed or certified by a state or local government, or by a private agency. Special consideration will be given to determine whether reasonable accommodations in policies, practices, or procedures can be made to allow a miniature horse that serves as a service animal into a specific facility.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities may use service animals in any public area unless doing so would pose a danger to the health and safety of others or cause undue burden. Individuals with disabilities who use a service animal on campus are required to register with the Disability Services Coordinator in Students Services. If the Counselor (Disability Services Coordinator) is not available, the individual should register with campus security.
Adopted: July 20, 2015
Reviewed: January 16, 2018