Service and Emotional Support Animals

CAMPUS ACCESS

Emotional Support animals are not allowed in classrooms or in public places on campus. ESA's are only allowed in Housing with immediate access to outdoor areas from residence halls. This doesn't include common areas such as group rooms and laundry rooms among others.

Service Animals must be allowed in any public area/facility where the public is normally allowed to go. I.E. classrooms, library and dining halls.

Although vests are optional, service animals must be kept on a leash and under control when the animal is in a public area.

Documentation of one's disability or service animal training is not required before allowing public access unless on-campus housing is being requested. Students with Emotional Support Animals or Service Animals must register and have the accommodation approved by the DRC & Housing if they wish to reside with their animal on-campus.

DEFINITION OF SERVICE ANIMALS

A Service Animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of individuals with physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental conditions. Miniature horses and dogs in training are also covered under ADA and Florida Statute.

DEFINITION OF EMOTIONAL SUPPORT/THERAPY ANIMALS:

"Emotional Support" (ESA), "Comfort" or "Therapy" animals are not considered a service animal because they have not been trained to do work or perform a specific task related to a person's disability. Emotional/assistance/support animals are only allowed in the housing when emotional support cannot be met in any other way.

LAWS PROTECTING SERVICE ANIMALS

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all housing programs and activities that are either conducted by the federal government or receive federal financial assistance.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008: The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs and schools.

The Fair Housing Act requires housing providers to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

Florida Law: Covers puppies or dogs in training.

 

QUESTIONS ALLOWED BY ADA REGULATIONS IF IT IS NOT OBVIOUS WHAT A SERVICE ANIMAL PROVIDES

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

You cannot ask about the person's disability or request medical documentation, special identification card, or training documentation for the animal. You also cannot ask for a demonstration of the behavior the animal does.

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