The use of service animals is governed by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state law. Animals meeting the definition of “service animals” are by law allowed in and at any Kirtland facility or event where members of the public, students, and guests are allowed. Employee service animals are allowed where the individual employee is allowed. Animals not meeting this definition are not covered by federal or state law, except for residential housing, and are generally not permitted in college facilities and events.
Service Animal Definition
Service animals are dogs or miniature horses which are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Other types of animals are not included in this definition.
Service animals must by law be housebroken, and under the owner’s control. Any failures to control the animal are the responsibility of the owner, including any cleanup. Failure to maintain control may result in the removal of the service animal from the facility or event. Miniature horses are further required to be of a type, size and weight which can be accommodated by the facility, and will not compromise legitimate safety requirements.
Procedure to enroll a service animal
Students or guests requiring a service animal as a disability accommodation should file an Application for Disability Services Form available at http://www.kirtland.edu/disability-services. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 989-275-5000 x 239, or visit the HR offices at ADM 225/226. Questions may be directed to the Office of Disability Services at email@example.com, 989-275-5000 x 426, or at the Disability Services office located in Student Services in the ADM Building on the Roscommon Site, or to Human Resources.
Individuals seeking use of a service animal may be requested to answer the following questions: 1. Is the animal a service animal required because of a disability, and; 2. What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
To view the policy, go to POL 2.210 Compliance with the ADA