A person with a disability who utilizes an assistance animal is encouraged to register with the DRC. Registering with the DRC provides an opportunity to discuss additional accommodations, beyond the assistance animal.
University housing staff may consult with or refer a student with a disability to the DRC to assist with determining the reasonableness of the use of an assistance animal as a housing accommodation.
The cost of care, food, arrangements, supervision and responsibilities for the well-being of an assistance animal are the sole responsibility of the owner at all times. Service animals on campus must:
The DRC will work with University Housing and the resident with the assistance animal to ensure appropriate accessible housing is provided. The student must make a request for housing accommodations.
The handler of an assistance animal that is unruly or disruptive (e.g., barking, running around, bringing attention to itself) may be asked to remove the animal from University housing if the handler does not take effective action to control the animal. If the improper behavior happens repeatedly, the handler may be told not to bring the assistance animal into University housing until the handler takes significant steps to mitigate the behavior. Mitigation can include muzzling or refresher training for both the animal and the handler.
Assistance animals that are ill should not be taken into public areas. A handler with an ill animal may be asked to remove the animal from University housing or leave University housing until the animal is healthy.
Handlers with animals that are unclean or noisome may be asked to leave University housing. An animal that becomes wet from walking in the rain or mud or from being splashed on by a passing automobile, but is otherwise clean, should be considered a clean animal. If the animal in question is usually well-groomed, the University may consider the animal that appears messy due to environmental conditions (rain, snow, sleet, mud, etc.) well-groomed until the handler is able to then groom the animal appropriately (give it a bath, brushing, towel dry, etc.).
An individual with a disability dissatisfied with a decision made concerning his or her assistance animal should follow the applicable institutional Appeal/Grievance Procedure. Other individuals who have complaints regarding the use of service or assistance animals in University Housing should direct those to Housing & Dining staff.