Protocol for Service Animals
The Americans with Disability Act defines a service animal as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items.” Pets are not service animals, nor are therapy dogs. Service animals, by definition, perform functions and tasks that the individual cannot perform for himself or herself.
Please note the following:
- Service animals are, by law, allowed on university grounds and in university buildings. They may, however, be excluded from specific areas on a case-by-case basis. For example, a service animal may not be allowed in an area that requires protective clothing, or the animal may be denied entrance to an area if its presence constitutes a health risk to other students or if its behavior is disruptive or threatening.
- The handler or partner of a service animal must be in control at all times. Care and supervision of the service animal is the sole responsibility of its handler or partner.
- Any service animal must be leashed at all times.
- Any service animal must be in compliance with all New York State and New York City requirements regarding licensing, vaccinations, and other health regulations.
- Any service animal’s handler or partner is responsible for cleaning up after the animal, including proper disposal of its feces.
If you will be attending the university and require a service animal, please provide SDS with proper documentation regarding the animal. This documentation should include:
- Verification of the need for a service animal
- A description of the specific services or tasks that the service animal will be performing for you
- Verification that the service animal is properly trained and in good health