Service animals provide important services to students. The following information details Americans with Disabilities Act regulations on Service Animals.

Per Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.

  • Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

If you are unsure, you are allowed to ask only two questions:

  1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
  2. What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

Important information about service animals

  • Service animals are for ONE individual only. They are trained to service their owner.
  • Service animals are extremely well behaved and vigilant about their service to their owner.
  • Service animals are not required to wear a vest that labels them as a service animal.
  • Service animals are not required to have certification documents (only for institutions with housing or dorms).
  • Service animals are not required to have special identifications.

Requests to remove a service animal may be made if:

  • The animal is not under the control of the owner (growling, snipping). Barking and growling are not tasks service animals are trained to do to protect their owners.
  • The animal is not house trained
  • The animal wonders around freely playing, barking, running, sniffing through bags, going up to other people, and those behaviors are not part of the trained tasks for the student. Keep in mind that service animals can be off-leashed ONLY IF tethering/leashing the dog hinders the dog from performing its trained task for the student.

Requests to remove a service animal may NOT be made if:

  • A faculty member or a student have a fear of dogs or do not like dogs. If this is a concern, please call Accessibility Services (502-3333) or Human Resources (502-2600). We will moderate the situation and work on alternate solutions to ensure the provision of equal access.
  • A faculty member or a student are allergic to the animal. If this is a concern, please call Accessibility Services (502-3333) or Human Resources (502-2600). We will moderate.


ADA Service Animals Requirements

For additional information about service animals and the ADA, please refer to the ADA Service Animals Requirements.

Students with service/psychiatric service animals are not required to meet with Accessibility Services to register or approve their presence on campus, as these animals are allowed and protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Please note the differences between a service/psychiatric service animal and a support/therapy/comfort animal. Service/psychiatric service animals are allowed on campus, while support/therapy/comfort animals are not.