Office of Disability Services
204E ADUCMorehead, KY 40351Phone: 606-783-5188Fax: 606-783-9190E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, a Service Animal is a DOG that has been individually trained to perform a specific, essential task to offset a functional limitation of a person with a disability; disability categories include physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, and other mental impairments. Other species of animals, whether trained or untrained, are not considered Service Animals, with the singular exception of trained miniature horses in certain situations. A dog that provides emotional comfort, crime prevention, or companionship is not considered a service animal. Note: residence halls are further regulated by the Fair Housing Act, which unlike the ADA addresses untrained Emotional Support/Assistance Animals within an individual’s personal living space and adjacent common use areas. Students wishing to qualify should read the Emotional Support Animals section from the menu on this site.
Service animals do not require pre-approval by the Disability Services office in order to be brought on campus. Housing's permission is also not needed for a service dog to reside in a dorm or apartment with its student-handler. However, advance notice must be given to Housing prior to the animal's arrival since an accurate roster must be maintained of all residents. There are other considerations to be discussed with Housing as well, such as scheduling of room pesticide spraying, roommate compatibility, emergency evacuations, location of nearest dog-walk areas, etc. A fee or deposit will not be required, although the student will be responsible for the costs of any damages to the room. Service Animals must be housebroken prior to bringing them to campus.
The service animal's handler is responsible for keeping the dog on a leash or under voice or signal control at all times. Additional responsibilities of the handler include all care and costs related to the dog, including cleaning and grooming, feeding, exercise, medical treatment and transportation, and proper disposal of waste.
University personnel MAY do the following:
Ask the following two questions if someone enters a campus building or attends a sponsored outdoor event accompanied by a dog and the need for it is not apparent:
If the answers indicate that the dog is a pet or an Emotional Support/Assistance 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 rare exception of hazardous or sterile environments such as campus surgical labs).
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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