F & M Disability Services: Service and Assistance Animal Policy
Franklin and Marshall College (F & M) recognizes the importance of Service and Assistance Animals to individuals with disabilities and has established the following policy regarding Service Animals (and Service Animals in training) and Assistance Animals, to assist people with disabilities. This policy ensures that people with disabilities, who require the use of Service or Assistance Animals as a reasonable accommodation, receive the benefit of the work or tasks performed by such animals or the therapeutic support they provide. F & M is committed to allowing people with disabilities the use of a Service Animal on campus to facilitate their full-participation and equal access to the College’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. F & M reserves the right to amend this policy as circumstances require.
A “Service Animal “is a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. In some cases, a miniature horse may be permitted as a Service Animal. Other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as Service Animals. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, 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. Service Animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a Service Animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as Service Animals.
“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 owners. 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 College housing, however, they are not permitted in other areas of the College (e.g. libraries, academic buildings, classrooms, labs, student center, etc.).
A “Pet” is an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered a
Service Animal or an Assistance Animal. It is not covered by this policy. Residents are not permitted to keep pets on College property or in College housing.
An “Approved Animal” is a Service Animal or Assistance Animal that has been granted as a reasonable accommodation under this policy.
The “Owner” is the student or other covered person who has requested the accommodation and has received approval to bring the “approved animal” on campus.