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Northwest Missouri State University


Service Animal Policy

Policy | Appendix

Policy

I. Policy Statement

It is the policy of Northwest Missouri State University that service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are generally permitted in all facilities and programs on the university campus except as described below.

II. Definition

“Service animals” are defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as  dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities including, but not limited to “guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.”  In certain situations, miniature horses may also be classified as service animals.

The ADA, Missouri law [RsMO 209.150] and Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents Resolution [#9114] allow service animals accompanying persons with disabilities to be on the Northwest Missouri State University campus. A service animal must be permitted to accompany a person with a disability everywhere on campus that the person would otherwise be allowed to go. However, there are some places on campus that are not safe for service animals; these areas are discussed in greater detail, below.

III. When A Service Animal Can Be Asked to Leave

A service animal may be asked to leave a university facility or program if the animal’s behavior or presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. For example, a service animal that displays vicious behavior toward people may be excluded.  Service animals that are not housebroken can also be asked to leave university facilities and programs.  In addition, animals not covered under the ADA service animal definition can be asked to leave a university facility or program. Questions related to the use of service animals on campus should be directed to the ADA/504 Compliance Officer at (660) 562-1192.

IV. Areas Where Service Animals Are Not Allowed to Enter

Service animals may also be excluded in areas where the presence of a service animal fundamentally alters the nature of a program or activity or is disruptive.  Examples may include, but are not limited to, research labs, areas requiring protective clothing, and food preparation areas.  These areas are more thoroughly explained in the next section, and the chart in the Appendix lists the specific areas on campus where service animals are excluded from entering.   

Areas Off Limits to Service Animals

  • Research Laboratories: The natural organisms carried by dogs and other animals may negatively affect the outcome of the research. At the same time, the chemicals and/or organisms used in the research may be harmful to service animals.
  • Mechanical Rooms/Custodial Closets: Mechanical rooms, such as boiler rooms, facility equipment rooms, electric closets, elevator control rooms and custodial closets, are off-limits to service animals. The machinery and/or chemicals in these rooms may be harmful to animals.
  • Food Preparation Areas:  Food preparation areas, such as those found in campus dining or in the Dietetics Labs, are off limits to service animals per health codes.
  • Areas Where Protective Clothing is Necessary: Any room where protective clothing is worn is off-limits to service animals. Examples impacting students include the kiln, chemistry laboratories, wood shops and metal/machine shops.
  • Areas Where There is a Danger to the Service Animal: Any room, including a classroom, where there are sharp metal cuttings or other sharp objects on the floor or protruding from a surface; where there is hot material on the floor (e.g., molten metal or glass); where there is a high level of dust; or where there is moving machinery is off-limits to service animals.

Exceptions

Permission to access restricted areas may be granted to an individual animal/partner team on a case-by-case basis. The access decision will be made by the ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator, laboratory director or instructor, and, in some cases, the Chemical Safety Manager.

The final decision shall be made based on the nature of research or machinery and the best interest of the animal. Example: The machinery in a classroom may have moving parts at a height such that the tail of a large dog could easily be caught in it; this is a valid reason for keeping large dogs out. However, a very small hearing dog may be shorter than any moving part and, therefore, considered for admission to the classroom.

To be granted an exception: A partner who wants her or his service animal to be granted admission to an off-limits area should contact the ADA/504 Compliance Officer at (660) 562-1192 or ADA@nwmissouri.edu.

V. Requirements for Service Animals

Vaccination
The animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal. Dogs must have had the general maintenance vaccine series, which includes vaccinations against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus and must receive booster vaccinations annually. All vaccinations must be current and the animal must be wearing current vaccination tags.
Licensing
The City of Maryville ordinance [4890 §1, 7-9-90] waives City licensing requirements for dogs working as service animals.
Health
The animal must be in good health.  Animals to be housed in university housing must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian.
Leash
Service animals must be on a leash or in harness at all times, unless impracticable or unfeasible due to handler’s disability.
Under Control of Partner/Handler
The handler of a service animal must be in full control of the animal at all times. The care and supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of the handler.
Toileting Areas and the Cleanup Rule
The handler of a service animal should encourage the animal to use marked service animal toileting areas when such areas are provided and to properly dispose of animal waste.
Liability
The partner/handler of the animal on the university campus or event is personally responsible for the animal at all times.  The partner/handler will be required to pay for any damages caused by the service animal. 

VI. Requests for Service Animal Accommodations

Requests for disability accommodations are determined by the Learning Assistance Programs/Services Committee through an accommodations request and review process. Those who wish to have a service animal accompany them in classrooms and campus housing should contact the ADA/504 Compliance Officer at (660) 562-1192 or ADA@nwmissouri.edu.

Appendix

Specific areas off-limits to Service Animals at Northwest Missouri State University:

Department/Area

Lab

Activity

Lab Director

Department of Agricultural Sciences

Greenhouses

Possible exposure to pesticides and fertilizers

Chair, Agricultural Sciences Department

 

Ag Mechanics lab-Thompson-Ringold

Welding, woodworking, machine shop

Chair, Agricultural Sciences Department

Department of Fine & Performing Arts

Design Studio

Woodworking

Chair, Fine & Performing Arts Department 

Sculpture Studio

Welding

Chair, Fine & Performing Arts Department

Scene Shop

Welding, woodworking

Facility Manager, Ron Houston PAC

Department of Health & Human Services

Dietetics lab

Food preparation areas

Chair, Health & Human Services Department 

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

History lab/Academic Resource Center

Sign shop materials: cutting tools, heat press, etc.

Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Department

Department of Natural Sciences

Chemistry labs

Experiments, hazardous chemicals, etc.

Chair, Natural Sciences Department

 

Saw room

Sawing rocks and minerals, requires safety glasses, etc.

Chair, Natural Sciences Department

 

Biology labs

Experiments, hazardous chemicals, etc.

Chair, Natural Sciences Department

Department of Professional Education

Early Childhood Center kitchen

Food preparation

Director, Leet Early Childhood Center

Other Restricted Areas:

Maintenance shops and custodial closets

Director, Facility Services

Food service preparation areas

 

 

Director, Campus Dining Services

To be granted an exception: A partner who wants her or his service animal to be granted admission to an off-limits area should contact the ADA/504 Compliance Officer at (660) 562-1192 or ADA@nwmissouri.edu.