Student Disability Services

Service & Therapy/Support Animals

Students who are eligible to use service or therapy/support animals are permitted to bring their animal just about everywhere on campus. Some places, such as specific research labs, mechanical rooms and/or areas that require special protective clothing may not be safe for animals. The following guidelines are required by the owner in order for the animal to be allowed on campus:

  • Animals must be licensed in accordance with local regulations.
  • Animals must have all appropriate vaccinations.
  • Animals must be in good health.
  • Animals to be housed at the University must have a annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian.
  • Animals must be on a leash at all times.
  • Animals must be under control at all times.
  • Owner is responsible for waste disposal.

Note: Use of an animal can be excluded if the animal is not under his owner's control, is not housebroken, is a threat to the health and safety of others, or is a fundamental alteration of a course or program of study. Restrictions could be made if students complain about allergic reactions to the animal.


Service animals are trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability; for example, guiding the blind, alerting deaf individuals or alerting and/or protecting someone who is having a seizure. Therapy/support animals are used in the treatment of a diagnosed condition. Often, they provide emotional support or serve as a calming influence by their mere presence.  


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