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Guidelines for Maintaining an Approved Animal

Guidelines for Maintaining an Approved Animal at F & M

The following guidelines apply to all Approved Animals and their owners, unless the nature of the documented disability of the owner precludes adherence to these guidelines, and permission for a variance from the guidelines has been granted.

Care and Supervision:

Care and supervision of the animal are the responsibility of the individual who benefits from the Approved Animal's use. The person is required to maintain control of the animal at all times. The person is also responsible for ensuring the cleanup of the animal's waste and, when appropriate, must toilet the animal in areas designated by the College consistent with the reasonable capacity of the owner. Indoor animal waste, such as cat litter, must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag and securely tied up before being disposed of in outside trash dumpsters. Litter boxes should be placed on mats so that waste is not tracked onto carpeted surfaces.

Animal Health and Well-being

1. Vaccination: In accordance with local ordinances and regulations the animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal. Dogs must have current vaccination against rabies and wear a rabies vaccination tag. Although not mandated, cats should have the normal shots required for a healthy animal. Local licensing requirements are followed.

2. Health: Animals, other than cats and dogs, to be housed in college housing must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian. Documentation can be a vaccination certificate for the animal or a veterinarian's statement regarding the animal's health. The College has authority to direct that the animal receive veterinary attention. (Local licensing law is followed.)

3. Licensing: The College reserves the right to request documentation showing that the animal has been licensed.

4. Training: Service Animals must be properly trained.

5. Leash: If appropriate the animal must be on a leash, unless the leash would inhibit the animal's ability to be of service.

6. Other Conditions: Disability Services may place other reasonable conditions or restrictions on the animals depending on the nature and characteristics of the animal. 

Requirements for Faculty, Staff, Students, and Other Members of the College Community

Members of the College community are required to abide by the following practices:

1. They are to allow a Service Animal to accompany its owner at all times and in all places on campus, except where animals are specifically prohibited.

2. They are not to touch or pet a Service or Assistance Animal unless invited to do so.

3. They are not to feed a Service or Assistance Animal.

4. They are not to startle a Service or Assistance Animal, deliberately.

5. They are not to separate or to attempt to separate an owner from his or her Service or Assistance Animal.

6. They are not to inquire for details about the owner's disabilities. The nature of a person's disability is a private matter.

Removal of Approved Animal

The College may exclude/remove an Approved Animal when 1) the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or 2) the animal’s presence results in a fundamental alteration of the College's program, or 3) the owner does not comply with Owner’s Responsibilities as outlined in this policy, or 4) the animal or its presence creates an unmanageable disturbance or interference with the College community.

Removal of a service animal may also be required if it is disruptive or/ and if the behavior is outside the duties of the service animal. In such a situation, the individual with a disability will still be permitted to attend and/or participate in the activity without the animal.

Damage

Owners of Approved Animals are solely responsible for any damage to persons or College property caused by their animals.

Areas Off Limits to Service Animals

The College 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.  In making its decisions, Disability Services will consult with the appropriate department and/ or laboratory representative regarding the nature of the restricted area and any on-going research.

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. Exceptions to restricted areas may be granted on a case-by-case basis by contacting Disability Services. In making its decisions, Disability Services will consult with the appropriate department and/ or laboratory representative regarding the nature of the restricted area and any on-going research.

Policy Exceptions

Individuals wishing to request a modification to this policy as a reasonable accommodation should contact Disability Services