A person with a disability who utilizes a service animal is encouraged to register with the DRC. Registering with the DRC provides an opportunity to discuss additional accommodations, beyond the service animal.
The cost of care, food, arrangements, supervision and responsibilities for the well-being of a service 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 service animal to ensure appropriate accessible housing is provided. The student must make the request for housing accommodations. Service animals must always be kept under control and on a leash/lead, except in the resident’s own room with the door shut.
The handler of a service animal that is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or is not housebroken may be asked to remove the animal from University facilities.
If the improper behavior happens repeatedly, the handler may be told not to bring the animal into any University facility until the handler takes significant steps to mitigate the behavior. Mitigation can include muzzling or refresher training for both the animal and the handler. If a service animal is removed from University facilities, the individual with a disability must still be provided the opportunity to participate in the service, program or activity without having the service animal on the premises.
Service animals that are ill should not be taken into public areas. A handler with an ill animal may be asked to leave University facilities.
Handlers with animals that are unclean or noisome may be asked to leave University facilities. 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.