code of community responsibility

Pets

In campus housing, students are permitted to have only fish as pets, and fish tanks are limited to ten gallons. Eels and carnivorous fish, though technically fish, are also prohibited. Violations may result in termination of room and board privileges without refund. Pets may not visit in the residence halls, classrooms or laboratories.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are permitted in college facilities as long as they are specifically trained and certified to perform a service function.

Definitions

Service animal is defined as any guide dog or other animal trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding sight impaired individuals, alerting hearing impaired individuals, reminding an individual of medication needs, pulling a wheelchair or fetching items. Students with service animals are permitted to bring their service animal in all areas of public accommodation and any private residential space assigned to the student.

Companion animal provides emotional support to persons with disabilities who have a disability-related need for such support.

Procedure

Students requesting an assistance animal must answer yes to questions 1 and 2 below and provide supporting evidence and/or documentation of disability.
1. Does the student seeking to use and live with the animal have a disability?
2. Does the student making the request have a disability-related need for an assistance animal?

If yes, to both questions above, complete the Access Resources Application for Disabilities.

College

• The College will consider any request for an assistance animal on a case-by-case basis.
• The College may ask follow-up questions and seek clarifying information.
• Approval of an assistance animal on campus may be limited to a designated residence(s) on campus owned or leased property.
• An assistance animal may be excluded or limited in access to a campus space if it poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others; decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
• Per the FHAct, the College may deny the request if:

o “the specific assistance animal in question poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation”
o “the specific assistance animal in question would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation”

Student

• Individuals using assistance animals are responsible for their animals at all times.
• The student agrees to provide necessary documentation for the disability-related need for an assistance animal, proof of required vaccinations, statement of animal health, and current city/town license as required.
• The user of the assistance animal must be in full control and in the presence of the assistance animal at all times when outside of the user's campus residence.
• All animals must be housebroken. The student is responsible for any clean up on the grounds and facilities, as well as any property damage that may be caused by the animal.

Campus Etiquette

• Allow an assistance animal to accompany the student at all times and everywhere except where specifically prohibited.
• Do not pet or feed the assistance animal without the explicit permission of the user.
• Do not deliberately startle or separate the assistance animal from his/her student.


Policy reviewed May 2014 by the associate dean of students and director of citizenship education.

Rationale
  • The dander, dirt, and odor of pets living in close and constant quarters with humans is detrimental to even those students who are not allergic to animals and it can be hazardous to those who are allergic.

  • Student residence hall rooms and spaces are not designed for pets; to keep them confined all day and night is cruel.

Values
  • Respect
  • Stewardship