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Service Animal Definition - A service animal is defined as any dog 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. Other species of animals are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.

Work or Tasks
The following questions will be asked of the person who is accompanied by a service animal:

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

College staff will not make these inquiries about a service animal when it is readily apparent that an animal is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.

Conditions and Control
All service animals must be vaccinated and tagged.

A service animal must be under the control of the handler at all times. The college reserves the right to remove a service animal from the premises if:

  • The animal is out of control and the animal's handler does not take effective action to control it
  • The animal is not housebroken
  • The presence of the animal constitutes a fundamental alteration to the nature of the service, program, or activity of the college

The animal must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the individual's disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

If the college properly excludes a service animal it shall give the individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the service, program, or activity without having the service animal on the premises.

The college is not responsible for the care or supervision of a service animal.

Miniature Horses

An exception to the ADA regulations for service animals allows students with disabilities to be accompanied by a trained miniature horse. The same criteria as above will be used to assess whether a miniature horse is allowed on campus (animals must be housebroken, in the owners control, and cannot compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the facility.) In addition, miniature horses must have a height under 34 inches and weigh less than 100 pounds.

This guideline is adapted from The Federal Register, Sept. 15, 2010, "Guidance on Revisions to ADA Regulation on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services," Sec. 35.136 Service animals and Section-By-Section Analysis and Response to Public Comments, pages 56192-56195.


AASC 12/16/11