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Disability Services - Service Animal Policy

The College of Saint Elizabeth recognizes the access needs of all disabled individuals and complies with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Consequently, the College recognizes the need for some disabled individuals, due to the nature and severity of their disability, to utilize a service animal while on campus, and within campus facilities.

This policy defines the context, rules and documentation requirements that must be met prior to the introduction of a service animal on campus and/or within college facilities, and while the service animal is working and/or residing on campus.

Definitions

Partner/Handler

Pet

Service Animals


Types of Service Animals

Guide Dog

Hearing Dogs

Service Dogs

Seizure Alert Dog

Psychiatric Dog


Documentation Requirements

Student

Faculty

Visitors

Animal


Control Requirements


Emergency Situations

In an emergency situation every effort should be made to keep the partner and animal together. Campus staff should be trained to recognize a service animal, and to be aware that an animal may be attempting to communicate a need for assistance. Staff should also be mindful of the protective nature of the service animal in relation to the partner, and/or may be confused or agitated by the emergency situation. If possible try to direct/assist the partner in a manner that does not interfere with the partner/service animal relationship. If the partner is incapacitated, wait for Campus Security or the College's Emergency Response Team who are trained to deal with the situation.


Exclusion from Campus

A service animal may be excluded from campus for the following reasons:


Campus Etiquette

Students and campus personnel should not:


Conflicting Disabilities

Persons with conflicting disabilities, i.e. asthma or other respiratory illness, allergies, should contact/register with the College's Office of Disability Services and provide medical documentation citing the nature of the disability, seriousness of the disability, and the nature of the conflict. Resolution of the student/staff concern will consider the disability needs of the parties involved and will be accomplished as expeditiously as possible.


Appeal Procedure

Appeals concerning this policy may be addressed through the office of Disability Services Appeal Procedure which is contained in the student handbook.

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Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College of Saint Elizabeth has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

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