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Service Animals (9/20/2011)

Animals on Campus

Only service animals are allowed in the library. The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. The term service animal does not apply to personal Pets.


  • Handler - The owner and person in charge of an animal.
  • Pet - Any animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. Service and Support Animals are not considered pets.
  • Service Dog - Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a Service Animal must be directly related to the person’s disability. The provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship does not constitute work or tasks for the purpose of this definition.
  • Service Dog in Training - A dog who is participating in a formal program to learn how to become a Service Dog.
  • Support Animal - An animal that provides emotional or other support that improves one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability. Unlike Service Dogs, Support Animals are not required to be trained to perform work or tasks, and they may include species other than dogs. Support Animals could include, but are not limited to domestic dogs, domestic cats, rabbits, companion birds, and other animals commonly kept as Pets.