Title: Service Animal Policy (2-18)

Approval Date: January 17, 2014

Approved by: President's Council

Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), in the employment setting, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), in the academic setting. BYU-Idaho is committed to reasonably accommodating persons with disabilities who require the assistance of service animals. A service animal is not a pet or comfort (therapy) animal.

Policy Owner: Disability Services
Last Update: January 17, 2014

The ADA defines a service animal as a dog, e.g. a guide dog, signal dog, or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. A pet or comfort (therapy) animal does not qualify as a service animal. Pets and comfort (therapy) animals are not permitted on University property.

The University is also mindful of the health and safety concerns of the campus community. Thus, the University must balance the need of the individual with the disability with the potential impact of animals on other campus patrons.

Individuals seeking to bring a service animal onto campus for academic purposes, where the service is not readily apparent, should contact Disability Services. Individuals seeking to bring a service animal for employment purposes should contact Human Resources for approval, before bringing the animal on campus.

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

  1. Allow a service animal to accompany its owner at all times and in all places on campus, except where animals are specifically prohibited.
  2. Do not touch or pet a service animal unless invited to do so.
  3. Do not feed a service animal.
  4. Do not deliberately startle a service animal.
  5. Do not separate or attempt to separate an owner from his or her service animal.
  6. Do not inquire for details about a person's disabilities. The nature of a person's disability is a private matter.

Management of Service Animal

  1. The Service Animal must be vaccinated and licensed as required by state law and/or local ordinance.
  2. Service Animals must be accompanied by the Handler.
  3. The Handler must remain in close proximity to the Service Animal.
  4. The Service Animal must be under leash or voice control at all times.
  5. To the extent possible, the Service Animal should be unobtrusive to other students and the learning environment.
  6. It is the responsibility of the Handler to make arrangements for any cleaning necessary due to the presence of the Service Animal.

Animal Policy (BYU-Idaho Policy Link)