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Service Animal Policy

Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals

Service animals are welcome on the UT Arlington campus. Students using service animals are not required to register with OSD but are strongly encouraged to do so. Typically, if a student benefits from the use of a service animal, there are other accommodations available for the student as well. Service animals are not required to wear a vest identifying them as service animals, but it is strongly encouraged. The animals should have current vaccinations and be free of fleas or ticks.

Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, ADA Guidelines including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

Individuals with disabilities shall be permitted to be accompanied by their service animals in all areas of the University’s facilities where the owner might go unless specifically prohibited for health or safety reasons.

University staff may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if—

The animal is out of control and the animal's handler does not take effective action to control it; or the animal is not housebroken.

A service animal shall be under the control of its handler. A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal's safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler's control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means).University staff are not responsible for any aspects of caring for a service animal.

University staff will not ask about the nature or extent of a person's disability, but may make two inquiries to determine whether an animal qualifies as a service animal.

Staff may ask if the animal is required because of a disability and what work or task the animal has been trained to perform.

The University will not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal. Generally, staff will not make these inquiries about a service animal when it is readily apparent that an animal is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability (e.g., the dog is observed guiding an individual who is blind or has low vision, pulling a person's wheelchair, or providing assistance with stability or balance to an individual with an observable mobility disability).

***The ADA recognizes only dogs and miniature horses as Service Animals. The University will make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a miniature horse by an individual with a disability if the miniature horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability.

NOTE: Emotional Support animals are not allowed in the academic setting, however, may be allowed in university-owned housing. Documentation is required to support the request. Documentation should be submitted to OSD as well as a request made to Apartment and Residence Life for allowing an Emotional Support animal in housing.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact our office.

 

Individual Assistance

Service animals are welcome in all buildings on campus and may attend any class, meeting, or other event. Disabled students desiring to use a service animal on campus should first contact the OSD to register as a student with a disability.

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