Animals on Campus

Title: Animals on Campus
Approved by
Date Approved:
Effective Date: 07/01/2015 
Responsible Official
Responsible University Office: Human Resources, Public Safety, and Office For Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Revision History
Related Legislation and University Policies: Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Section 504"); the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA); Ohio Revised Code 955.43; Ohio Revised Code 955.011
Review Period: 5 years
Date of Last Review
Relates to: faculty, executive staff, senior staff, staff, and student employees

Animals (dogs, cats, birds, other pets etc.) are not permitted inside any University-controlled building except for those animals that are specifically exempted by this policy.  Specifically, animals are prohibited from being in offices, classrooms, hallways, and all other areas in any academic or administrative building.  Private residences are excluded from this policy.

Domesticated pets are permitted outside on campus grounds when leashed and properly attended at all times.  In addition, dogs are permitted on the university’s Squire Valleevue Farm grounds; however, they must be leashed and attended at all times.  The university reserves the right to require the individual with a leashed domesticated pet to present documentation from a veterinarian that the pet is in good health, has appropriate shots, and is in compliance with all applicable state and local health laws, especially in the case of a medical emergency related to the animal such as an animal bite.  The individual may be asked to present updated documentation annually.

Students residing in residence halls should refer to the Housing and Residence Life Policies and Procedures concerning pets in residence halls.

Exempted Animals

The following animals are permitted on University-controlled property:

  • Service animals while performing duties
  • Research and teaching animals

Service Animals

Service animals are permitted on University-controlled property and in University buildings while they are performing tasks for the individual they accompany.

A service animal is an animal specially trained to perform one or more specific functions or activities of daily living for an individual with a documented disability. Service animals include guide dogs for those with visual or hearing impairments, or service dogs to perform tasks for the mobility-impaired (i.e. pulling a wheelchair, fetching dropped items).

Any animal being used as a service animal inside any university-controlled building should wear a harness or other identifying device to identify it as a service animal.

In order for the Office for Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity to help facilitate the use of a service animal on campus, employees using service animals inside any University-controlled building must notify in advance the Office for Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity of the need to use a service animal during employment.  In order for the Office of Disability Resources in Office of Educational Services for Students (ESS) to help facilitate the use of a service animal on campus, students using service animals inside any University-controlled building must notify in advance the Office of Disability Resources of the need to use a service animal.

The university reserves the right to require the individual to present documentation from a veterinarian that the service animal is in good health and has appropriate shots and is in compliance with all applicable state and local health laws, especially when (1) the service animal will reside on campus in a residence hall, (2) will be present on a regular basis in a classroom or employment setting on campus, or (3) in the case of a medical emergency related to the animal such as an animal bite. The individual may be asked to present updated documentation annually. The University reserves the right to request documentation that the animal has been trained to act as a service animal.

Service animals may enter any building or classroom with the person they accompany. The individual with the service animal takes full responsibility for the needs and behavior of the animal. Animal waste must be picked up and disposed of properly.

The Office for Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity will investigate any complaint that a service animal is disruptive or threatening. If it is determined that the animal is disruptive or threatening and acting outside the appropriate scope of its duties as a service animal, the individual will be instructed to remove the animal until the individual produces appropriate documentation indicating that sufficient training has taken place to bring the animal under control.

Any employee or visitor wishing to utilize a service animal may request a modification to this provision on service animals as necessary and as a reasonable accommodation for that individual by presenting the request to the Office for Inclusion, Diversity & Equal Opportunity. Any student wishing to utilize a service animal may request a modification to this provision on service animals as necessary and as a reasonable accommodation for that individual by presenting the request to the Office of Disability Resources in Office of Educational Services for Students (ESS). As part of the interactive process with the student, these offices will consult with the Office of Campus Planning & Operations and other appropriate university offices to determine the appropriate modification, if any, to the provision on service animals for that individual.

Research and teaching animals

Animals that are officially part of the university’s teaching, research or clinical programs are exempt from this policy.

Reporting

To report a problem with an animal on campus, such as unattended animal, contact the Public Safety at 216-368-3333.

Failure to Comply

Failure to comply with this policy will result in removal of the animal from campus and may result in disciplinary action against the owner or keeper of the pet.