Office of Disability Services
204E ADUCMorehead, KY 40351Phone: 606-783-5188Fax: 606-783-9190E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, define a service animal 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, whether trained or untrained, are not considered service animals, with the singular exception of trained miniature horses in certain situations. Note: residence halls are further regulated by the Fair Housing Act, which unlike the ADA addresses untrained emotional support animals within an individual’s personal living space. Students wishing to qualify should contact the campus Housing office at http://www.moreheadstate.edu/housing/ about the application and documentation required.
If someone enters a campus building or attends a sponsored outdoor event accompanied by a dog and the need for it is not readily apparent, University personnel may legally ask that person two questions:
If the answers indicate that the dog is a pet or a comfort/emotional support animal, then the University’s ordinary policies would apply. Otherwise, the dog is allowed to go wherever the person with a disability is entitled to go (including classrooms, offices, dorms, cafeterias, with the exception of hazardous or sterile environments such as campus surgical labs).
NOTE: Service animals do not require pre-approval by the Disability Services office in order to be brought on campus nor is Housing's permission needed to reside with the handler in a dorm or apartment. However, it is important to give advance notice to Housing since they must keep a roster of all residents and there could be impacts on other areas, such as routinely scheduled pesticide spraying, roommate assignment, etc. A fee or pet deposit will not be charged, however the student-handler will be responsible for costs of any damages caused by the animal.
What University personnel should NOT do:
Complying with applicable laws is very important, but not to be overlooked is the valuable, even ingenious, assistance that these animals provide to persons with disabilities. To facilitate, or at least not to interfere or offend, it is also important to gain some knowledge of the etiquette covering this situation.
What University personnel and other students SHOULD do:
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