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: President's Cabinet
: President
: 09/11/2017
: 09/11/2017
: 09/11/2018

Pets, Service, and Assistance Animals

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AUDIENCE

This policy applies to all members and guests of the Thomas More College community.

DEFINITIONS

Pet – an animal kept for companionship

Service animal – 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.  The provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.  Source: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title III

Assistance animal – an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.  Source: Fair Housing Act

THE POLICY

Section 1: PETS

For reasons of health and sanitation, pets are not permitted in any College building.  Pets in outdoor public areas must remain with their owner, leashed/harnessed, and under control.  The animal must be properly vaccinated, licensed, identified with tags, clean, and in good health.  Owners must clean up after their pet.  Any pet posing a threat to the health and safety of others or causing property damage must be removed immediately.  This determination is made at the sole discretion of College administration. 

An exception is made for students living on campus, who are each permitted to keep one fish in a tank smaller than 15 gallons. 

Section 2: SERVICE ANIMALS

Service animals, as defined above, may accompany individuals with disabilities in all non-residential areas.  Service animals must remain under control, typically with a harness, leash, or tether.  Owners must properly care for and supervise the animal.  The animal must be properly vaccinated, licensed, identified with tags, clean, housebroken, and in good health.  If it is not obvious what service an animal provides, staff may ask two questions: (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform.

Requests for service animals other than dogs will be handled through the Disability Services Office.  Requests for service animals in residential facilities will be handled through the Disability Services Office.

Section 3: ASSISTANCE ANIMALS

Assistance animals, as defined above, will be considered as a reasonable accommodation by the Disability Services Office in conjunction with the Residence Life Office.  Students must submit documentation to the Disability Services Office using the required procedures.  If approved, assistance animals are only permitted in the residence halls and outdoor public areas.  Assistance animals must remain under control, typically with a harness, leash, or tether.  Owners must properly care for and supervise the animal.  The animal must be properly vaccinated, licensed, identified with tags, clean, housebroken, and in good health.  Any animal that poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others or causes substantial physical damage to the property of others will be removed immediately. 

Section 4: EMPLOYEES

In accordance with Title I of the American with Disabilities Act, any employee, including student employees, requesting a service animal as a reasonable accommodation must contact the Department of Human Resources.

Section 5: ANIMALS FOR COLLEGE USE

Animals for academic purposes are approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.  All other animals in use at the College are approved by the Dean of Students.  The College dog, Tommy, who is part of the Campus Safety Team and keeps an eye on the geese roaming the campus, is approved by the President.

RESOURCES/RELATED INFORMATION

Federal Regulations

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Fair Housing Act
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section 504

State Regulations

Kentucky Revised Statute 258.500
Kentucky Revised Statute 258.015

Internal Procedures

Disability Services Accommodations procedures
Residence Life Policies and Procedures

POLICY IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

All employees and students will be notified of the policy immediately upon approval. 

Responsible Offices below will be notified and asked to update any policies and procedures related to pets, service, and assistance animals.

REFERENCING THE POLICY

HISTORY

 

Date

Supersedes Policy

Summarize Change

September 11, 2017

Pet Policy – Employee Manual

Inclusion of service and assistance animals, clarification regarding pets

September 11, 2017

Pets – Saints Community Standards

APPENDIX

None

APPROVALS

Signatures on file:

Amy Osborne, Director of the Institute for Learning Differences                               

Kevin Reynolds, Dean of Students

Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources     

David A. Armstrong, President