A service animal is a dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Examples include 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.
The student (handler) or individual (handler) is not required to register a service animal with SAS nor may the college require documentation for review by the SAS office before the dog is allowed on campus. An individual with a service animal is not required to obtain permission to bring the service dog on campus. Service dogs are not designated on the student’s Instructional Accommodation Plan (IAP).
When a student appears with a service animal, the college may ask only two questions:
- Is the dog required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
The college may not inquire as to the nature of the student’s disability or attempt to verify or confirm that the animal performs the service indicated by the student (handler).
The student (handler) or individual (handler) is expected to maintain control of the animal at all times. If the presence of a service animal causes a disruption, or any other problems or concerns, please call SAS on either campus as soon as possible to enlist their assistance in resolving the matter.
Emotional Support Animal
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal that provides emotional or other support that mitigates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. For example, the companionship of a dog may reduce the anxiety level of a war veteran empowering the veteran to attend college.
Emotional Support Animals (“ESA”) are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the college may deny ESA/pets on campus. Brightpoint shall treat any ESA request as an accommodation request under ADA guidelines and determine whether it is reasonable.
An individual who wishes to bring an ESA to campus must obtain approval through the college’s SAS office on either campus and if approved, the ESA accommodation must be listed on the student’s Instructional Accommodation Plan (IAP). The IAP must be presented to the instructor before the ESA will be allowed in the classroom.
As with a service animal, the student (handler) is expected to maintain control of the ESA at all times. If the presence of the animal causes a disruption, or if there are other concerns, contact the SAS office at either campus as soon as possible for assistance in resolving the matter.
See the Policy for additional information.