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Service Animals

Service animals accompanying persons with disabilities are permitted on the Indiana University South Bend campus. Service animals are animals trained to assist people with disabilities in the activities of daily living. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items. ” An animal that meets this definition is considered a service animal regardless of whether it has been licensed or certified by a state or local government or a training program.

The person a service animal assists is typically referred to as a partner. The partner’s disability may not be visible. If you are not sure whether an animal is a pet or a service animal, you may ask if the animal is a pet. You may exercise your judgment as to whether a person’s statements about the functions of the animal make it reasonable to think that the animal is a service animal. Although you may ask the person how the animal is assisting them, you may not ask for details about the person’s disability.

Information faculty, staff, and students should know about service animals

A service dog can be of a variety of breed or size. It might wear specialized equipment, such as a backpack, harness, or special collar or leash, but this is not a requirement.

Allow a service animal to accompany the partner at all times and everywhere on campus. The courts have upheld the rights of service animal owners to take service animals into food service locations.

Do not pet a service animal without first asking permission; touching the animal might distract it from its work.

Speak first to the partner.

Do not deliberately startle a service animal.

Do not feed a service animal.

Do not separate or attempt to separate a partner from his or her service animal.

In case of an emergency, every effort should be make to keep the animal with its partner. However, the first effort should be toward the partner; this may necessitate leaving an animal behind in certain emergency situations.

Requirements for service animals and their partners

The service animal cannot pose a direct threat to the health and safety of person on the campus.

Local ordinances regarding animals apply to service animals, including requirements for immunization, licensing, noise, restraint, at-large animals and dangerous animals. Dogs must wear a license tag and a current rabies vaccination tag.

The partner must be in full control of the animal at all times, including use of leash, as appropriate for the disability. The care and supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of its partner. The animal must be maintained and used at all times in ways that no do not create safety hazards for other people.

The partner is responsible for cleaning up the animal’s feces. The partner should always carry equipment and bags sufficient to clean up and properly dispose of the animal’s feces. Partners who are not physically able to pick up and dispose of feces are responsible for making all necessary arrangements for assistance. The University is not responsible for these services.