Service Animals on Campus: Quick Facts
- We ask our campus community to join us in respecting the rights of those who use service animals.
- A service animal is a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
- A service dog is not required to wear a vest, special harness, or tag that identifies it as a service animal.
- Service dogs are working animals so it is important to avoid distracting them by petting or talking to them.
- The presence of a service dog should not be considered an invitation to ask questions about a person’s disability.
For Faculty and Staff
If it is not obvious that the dog is a service animal and you want to confirm that it is, you may ask only two questions:
- Is the dog required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
If the dog is well behaved and under the control of its handler, you may also just accept the dog’s presence without any questions.