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Service Animals

Section 16.30 of the Student Handbook provides that no pets, with the exception of service animals (e.g., guide dogs), are permitted on campus.

A service animal is a dog (or in some cases, a miniature horse) 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 task that the service animal performs must be directly related to the individual's disability. Examples include assisting individuals with low vision and alerting individuals who are hearing impaired. Service animals may also be needed to pull a wheelchair, retrieve items such as medicine or a telephone, recognize and assist during seizures, and prevent or interrupt compulsive or destructive behavior.

Animals whose presence provide emotional support, companionship or comfort (e.g., emotional support animals or assistance animals) but are not individually trained to do work or tasks in response to an individual's disability are not considered service animals.

Animals whose presence provide emotional support, companionship or comfort (e.g., emotional support animals or assistance animals) but are not individually trained to do work or tasks in response to an individual's disability are not considered service animals.