|Procedure:||Service Animal Policy|
|Department:||Disability Support Services|
|Contact:||Disabled Student Services Coordinator|
According to federal disability laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as "any 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 to an impending seizure or protecting individuals during one, alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to intruders, or pulling a wheelchair and fetching dropped items. " Service animals will be permitted to accompany a person with a disability everywhere on campus or off campus as the activity (e.g. internship, field work, etc,) pertains to the curriculum. If there are any questions as to whether an animal qualifies as a service animal, a determination will be made by the Disability Support Service's coordinator.
*Instructors may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The final decision shall be made based on the nature of research or machinery and on the best interest of the animal.
**WNC is a willing supporter of service animals in training.
|Date Adopted||November 21, 2006||Dates Revised||September 2, 2008|