|Procedure:||Service Animal Policy|
|Department:||Disability Support Services|
|Contact:||Disabled Student Services Coordinator|
The Americans with Disabilities Act (2010 revised guidelines), defines a service animal as a dog or miniature horse that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting individuals to an impending seizure or protecting individuals during one, alerting people who are deaf, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, pulling a wheelchair and fetching dropped items or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task an animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
The law distinguishes between a “service animal” and a “therapy, or emotional support animal”. A service animal is an animal with a good temperament and disposition, has reliable, predictable behavior, and is selected and trained to accompany people with disabilities. The animal may be incorporated as an integral part of a treatment process. A therapy/emotional support animal does not accompany a person with a disability at all times, unlike a service animal that is always with a person with a disability. A therapy/emotional support animal is not considered to be a service animal under this policy or applicable law.
In compliance with the ADA, service animals are welcome in all buildings on campus and may attend any class, meeting or other co-curricular event. Students with disabilities desiring to use a service animal on campus are encouraged to first contact the Disability Support Services (DSS) office to register as a student with a disability. The DSS coordinator will evaluate the disability and recommend any additional accommodations appropriate to the functional limitations of the disability based on the documentation received. Further, the student will be encouraged to participate in the voluntary registry program to which the student will be issued an identification card for the service animal.
An animal in training has the same rights as a fully trained animal when accompanied by a trainer and identified as such.
If there are any questions as to whether an animal qualifies as a service animal, determination will be made by the College’s DSS coordinator.
Per NRS 651.075 2. A place of public accommodation may:
(a) Ask a person accompanied by an animal:
(b) Ask a person to remove a service animal or service animal in training if the animal:
|Date Adopted||November 21, 2006||Dates Revised||October 6, 2015; September 2, 2008|