Service Animal Policy

Service Animal Policy

 

Assistance animals are permitted on campus subject to the conditions and restrictions outlined within this policy.

All assistance animal accommodation requests made by students and visitors will be reviewed and assessed by Student Disability Resources (SDR) consistent with applicable laws and policies. All assistance animal accommodation requests made by employees will be reviewed by University Human Resources Employee Relations/Labor

Relations (UHR ER/LR). ISU reserves the ability to make special modifications, within the confines of applicable law, to its policies to reasonably accommodate the person requesting the accommodation. top

Emotional Support Animals on Campus: Only residents who have complied with this policy are permitted to have emotional support animals in their assigned university housing units. Residents wanting emotional support animals to reside in university housing must seek and receive approval pursuant to the Procedures and Guidance –

Assistance Animals on Campus (see Resources below) prior to the emotional support animal entering university housing. Only one emotional support animal will be permitted per resident and generally only one emotional support animal will be assigned per university housing unit. Emotional support animals are restricted to residential areas and are not otherwise permitted inside other university buildings, including, but not limited to: classrooms, dining facilities, recreational buildings, employment areas, libraries, sporting events, and research laboratories. Because emotional support animals are not trained to provide specific work or tasks, visitors and students not residing in university housing, faculty, and staff are generally not permitted to have emotional support animals on campus as a part of any disability accommodation. top

Service Animals on Campus: Service animals are generally permitted to accompany people with disabilities on all university properties where students, faculty, staff, and visitors are allowed, in buildings/facilities. A service animal’s access to certain areas on campus may need to be limited should the service animal’s presence create an undue hardship to the University. See the section on Exceptions and Exclusions below. Any such circumstances will be reviewed by SDR (for students and visitors) or UHR ER/LR (for employees) on a case-by-case basis.

All service animals must be housebroken (i.e., trained so that it controls its waste elimination, absent illness or accident) and must be kept under control by a harness,

leash, or other tether unless the person is unable to hold those, or such use would interfere with the service animal’s performance of work or tasks. In such instances, the service animal must be kept under control by voice, signals, or other effective means.

Students needing a service animal are encouraged to work with Student Disability Resources (SDR) prior to bringing the service animal to campus, to ensure reasonable accommodations are appropriately provided to the student. Students wishing to have their service animal reside with them in university housing will need to comply with this policy and the Procedures and Guidance – Assistance Animals on Campus (see

Resources below).

Faculty and staff (or applicants for employment positions) needing a service animal are encouraged to contact UHR ER/LR prior to bringing the service animal to campus to ensure the disability accommodation request process is followed and reasonable accommodations are appropriately provided to the employee or applicant.

Visitors with inquiries pertaining to service animals may contact either SDR or UHR

ER/LR. Visitors may consult the SDR and/or UHR ER/LR websites for additional details relating to process steps.

Further detail can be found on the ISU Policies Library.