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Policy TrackingDate
Approved
RevisedJune 3, 2015
Reviewed

I.  Definitions

  1. Domestic Animal means an animal that is a member of a species that is normally dependent on humans for food and shelter, including dogs, cats, and other common domestic animals.
  2. Emotional Support (“Comfort”) Animal means an animal selected or prescribed to an individual with a disability by a healthcare or mental health professional to play a significant part in a person’s treatment process, e.g., in alleviating the symptoms of that individual’s disability. An emotional support animal does not assist a person with a disability with activities of daily living, and does not accompany a person with a disability at all times. An emotional support animal is not a “Service Animal.”
  3. Law Enforcement Agency (Patrol) Animal means an animal that is trained and may be used to assist a law enforcement officer in the performance of the officer’s official duties.
  4. Person with a Disability means a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.
  5. Service Animal means an animal that is 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 nonviolent 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. Service Animals may or may not have been licensed by a state or local government or a private agency.
  6. Service Animal in Training means an animal that is being 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.
  7. Therapy Animal means an animal that has received training appropriate for animal assisted therapy (“AAT”) as evidenced by registration with a national Therapy Animal organization. A Therapy Animal is not a Service Animal.

II. Process

  1. Domestic animals are permitted on College grounds only under the following conditions:
    1. Domestic animals on College grounds must be restrained at all times and kept on a hand-held leash.
    2. Domestic animals may not be tethered or unattended for any length of time.
    3. All domestic animals must have evidence of rabies vaccinations.
    4. Persons walking domestic animals on campus are responsible for removing any refuse left by the animal and depositing such in a proper receptacle.
    5. No domestic animal defined as dangerous by either state or county law is allowed on College grounds at any time.
  2. Only service animals, service animals in training, and law enforcement agency (patrol) animals may be brought into College buildings. For purposes of this procedure, areas include all classrooms, labs, and other educational and social spaces where a student would go in the course of enrollment in the College. Domestic animals and emotional support (“comfort”) animals are not permitted inside College buildings at any time.

    Individuals with a disability that may be impacted by the presence of service animals should communicate with the College’s Student Services Division (Disability Services) if they have a concern about exposure to a service animal. The individual will be asked to provide medical documentation that identifies a disability and the need for a reasonable accommodation.
  3. Animals in violation of any of the above may be subject to apprehension and impounding.