Arkansas Tech University is committed to allowing people with disabilities the use of a Service or Assistance Animal, as necessary, on campus to facilitate their full-participation in University’s programs and activities. Set forth below are specific requirements and guidelines concerning the appropriate use of and protocols associated with Service Animals and Assistance Animals. Arkansas Tech University reserves the right to amend this policy as circumstances require.
A. Service Animal
A Service Animal is “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 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 handler’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, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort, emotional support, well-being, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for purposes of this definition.”
 Department of Justice Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III, Federal Register, September 15, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 178)
B. Assistance Animal
Assistance Animals are (1) animals that work, provide assistance, or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or (2) animals that provide emotional support which alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. Some, but not all, animals that assist persons with disabilities are professionally trained. Other Assistance Animals are trained by the Handlers. In some cases, no special training is required. The question is whether or not the animal performs the assistance or provides the benefit needed as a reasonable accommodation by the person with the disability. Unlike a Service Animal, an Assistance Animal does not assist a person with a disability with activities of daily living, nor does it accompany a person with a disability at all times. Assistance Animals may be considered for access to University housing, however, they are not permitted in other areas of the university (e.g. libraries, academic buildings, classrooms, labs, student center, etc.).
A Partner/Handler/Owner is a person with a Service or Assistance Animal. (The term Handler will be used in this document to reflect any of these terms.)
A pet is a domestic animal kept for pleasure or companionship. A pet is not considered a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal. Pets are not permitted on campus and are not covered by this policy.
E. Approved Animal
An “approved animal” is a Service Animal or Assistance Animal that has been granted as a reasonable accommodation by Arkansas Tech University under this policy.
Does not comply with the requirements set forth in Section VII below.
The Handler is responsible to attend and be in full control of the Approved animal at all times. An Approved Animal outside of the Handler’s own residence hall room (if applicable) shall have a harness, leash, or other tether unless a) the Handler is unable to use a harness, leash or tether, or b) using a harness, leash, or tether will interfere with the animal’s ability to safely and effectively perform its duties. In that case, the Handler must maintain control of the Approved Animal through voice, signal or other effective controls.
Service Animals – Additional Items
In addition to the requirements set forth in Section VI 1-17, the following guidelines apply to Service Animals:
Assistance Animals – Additional Items
In addition to the requirements set forth in Section VI 1-17, the following guidelines apply to Assistance Animals:
The following guidelines apply to all Approved Animals and their Handlers, unless the nature of the documented disability of the Handler precludes adherence to these guidelines, and permission for a variance from the guidelines has been granted.
B. Care and Supervision
Care and supervision of the Approved Animal are the responsibility of the individual who benefits from the Approved Animal's use. The Handler is required to maintain control of the Approved Animal at all times.
The Handler is also responsible for ensuring the cleanup of the Approved Animal's waste and, when appropriate, must toilet the animal in areas designated by the University consistent with the reasonable capacity of the Handler. Indoor animal waste, such as cat litter, must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag and securely tied up before being disposed of in an outside trash dumpster. Litter boxes should be placed on mats so that waste is not tracked onto carpeted surfaces.
C. Animal Health and Well-Being
D. Requirements for Faculty, Staff, Students, and Other Members of the University Community
Members of the University community are required to abide by the following practices:
E. Removal of Approved Animal
The University may exclude/remove an Approved Animal when:
Handlers of Approved Animals are solely responsible for any damage to persons or University property caused by their animals.
G. Areas Off Limits to Service Animals
The University may prohibit the use of Service Animals in certain locations because of health and safety restrictions (e.g. where the animals may be in danger, or where their use may compromise the integrity of research). Restricted areas may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: custodial closets, boiler rooms, facility equipment rooms, research laboratories, classrooms with research/demonstration animals, areas where protective clothing is necessary, wood and metal shops, motor pools, rooms with heavy machinery, and areas outlined in state law as being inaccessible to animals. Exceptions to restricted areas may be granted on a case-by-case basis by contacting Disability Services and the appropriate department representative; the person directing the restricted area has the final decision.
H. Areas Off Limits to Assistance Animals
All areas except for privately assigned living space in housing are off limits to approved Assistance Animals without prior authorization from Disability Services.
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