Service and Emotional Support Animals

Parking

For information on obtaining a permit for wheelchair accessible parking, contact the Department of Public Safety at (859) 236-HELP (4357).
 
A permit may also be issued for a specified period of time for a temporary injury or disability.

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Policies for Service and Emotional Support Animals

Definitions

• Service Animal — A service animal means any dog* that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Students requesting to have a service animal live with them in campus housing should make a special housing request as soon as possible, but not later than thirty (30) days prior to the desired move-in date, by contacting the Director of Student Housing.
 
*Under Title II and III of the ADA, service animals are limited to dogs. However, entities must make reasonable modifications in policies to allow individuals with disabilities to use miniature horses if they have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for individuals with disabilities.
 
• Emotional Support Animal (ESA) (sometimes also referred to as an Assistance Animal or a Comfort Animal): An ESA is an animal that provides emotional support which alleviates one or more identified symptoms of a resident’s documented disability. An ESA may be considered for access to university housing; however, they are not permitted in other areas of the College. An ESA is not specifically trained and therefore is not considered a Service Animal.
 

Requirements, Rights, and Responsibilities Related to Service Animals

1. A service animal will be the full responsibility of its handler and shall be under the control of its handler at all times, whether by harness, leash, voice control, signals, or other effective means.
 
2. The handler of a service animal is solely responsible for appropriate care of the animal and for complying with state and local requirements regarding vaccinations (the service animal must wear a valid vaccination tag), as well as state and local requirements regarding licensure and leash control.
 
3. The service animal’s handler is responsible for prompt and thorough clean up and disposal of animal waste in a closed container and appropriate trash bin.
 
4. A service animal handler is solely responsible for the care and supervision of the service dog. The handler needs to be sure that the animal is kept clean and that the service animal is regularly bathed, groomed and treated for fleas and ticks.
 
5. The handler of a service animal will be solely responsible for any damage caused by the service animal.
 
6. Centre College may require a service animal to be removed from campus for any of the following:

(a) the animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it;
(b) the animal’s handler is mistreating or neglecting the animal; or
(c) the animal is not housebroken. Further, consistent with federal and state law, a service animal may be excluded from a campus facility or program if its presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, fundamentally alters the nature of a program or activity, or would result in substantial damage to property. Decisions to remove a service animal from campus will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 
Note: Centre College may prohibit the use of service animals in certain locations (“restricted areas”) due to health or safety restrictions (such as food preparation areas), where service animals may be in danger, or where their use may compromise the integrity of research (such as chemistry labs). Exceptions to restricted areas may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Public Safety and/or program chair responsible for the restricted area, as most appropriate.

 

Determination of Emotional Support Animal Status

A student requesting an ESA as an accommodation for a disability:
 
1) contacts the Director of Student Housing to discuss request for an ESA accommodation and to discuss the full policy as it applies to the request.
 
2) provides complete documentation of the disability, which includes a statement from the student explaining the need for an assistance animal, a documentation form completed by the clinician diagnosing the disability, and proof of current vaccination for the animal.
 
3) provides an emergency contact of someone who will come and take the animal should the student be incapacitated, hospitalized, or otherwise become unable to care for the animal.
 
4) provides information about the type of animal that will be kept in residence, as well as plans for maintenance of the animal.
 
Accommodation requests should be made as soon as possible upon enrollment to Centre or prior to completion of housing assignments. It is not guaranteed that Centre will be able to meet the individual’s accommodation needs during the current term of occupancy.
 

Requirements, Rights, and Responsibilities Related to ESAs on Campus

1) An approved ESA will be the full responsibility of its owner and shall be under the control of its owner at all times.
 
2) The owner is solely responsible for appropriate care of the animal and for complying with state and local requirements regarding vaccinations and wearing a vaccination tag at all times. The owner is solely responsible for complying with state and local requirements regarding licensure and leash control.
 
3) The owner is responsible for prompt and thorough clean up and disposal of animal waste in a closed container and appropriate trash bin. Animal elimination will occur only in designated areas on campus.
 
4) The owner is solely responsible for the care and supervision of the animal. The owner must ensure that the animal is kept clean and that the animal is regularly bathed, groomed and treated for fleas and ticks. The student must provide an emergency contact of someone who will come and take the animal should the student be incapacitated, hospitalized or otherwise become unable to care for the animal.
 
5) Residents requiring an ESA will be placed in campus housing that is designated appropriate for an ESA.
 
6) The owner is solely responsible for any damage caused by the approved ESA.
 
7) Centre College may require that the ESA be removed from campus for any of the following:

a. The owner of the animal is in violation of ESA policy.
b. the animal is a threat to other College residents or is out of control and the animal’s owner does not take effective action to control it.
c. the animal’s owner is mistreating or neglecting the animal.
d. the animal is not housebroken. Further, consistent with federal and state law, an ESA may be excluded from a campus facility or program if its presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, fundamentally alters the nature of a program or activity, or would result in substantial damage to property. Decisions to remove an assistance animal from campus will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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