Disabilities: Service Animals in Classroom Settings

Type: 
Procedure
Category: 
Students
Department: 
Center for Accessible Resources
Phone: 
(541) 463-3010
Primary Contact: 
Terrie Minner
Contact Email: 
Responsible Executive Authority: 
Executive Dean, Student Affairs
Purpose: 

The purpose of this document is to provide the college community with guidelines for the use of Service Animals by students in the classroom.

Narrative: 

Some students have SERVICE ANIMALS to assist with tasks related to their disabilities. Tasks may include: navigation, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting a person during seizures, pulling a wheelchair, or preventing/interrupting destructive behaviors.

The purpose of this document is to provide the college community with guidelines for the use of Service Animals by students in the classroom. Apart from certain exceptions related to safety,* service animals must be allowed to accompany students with disabilities into the classroom. Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying classroom access to people using service animals.

SERVICE ANIMAL means any dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.

SERVICE ANIMALS are permitted inside classrooms only if they are performing a task for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the student´s disability. In addition, all service animal accommodations must comply with the following guidelines and procedures.

Service Animals in Class

In a classroom setting at Lane, only service animals (dogs & miniature horses) are allowed.

  • If a service animal is not listed on the student's "Letter of Accommodation" (LOA), refer the student to the Center for Accessible Resources.
  • If there is a question regarding a student's LOA from the Center for Accessible Resources, faculty should privately discuss it with the student.
  • Identifying markers (e.g. special harnesses or vests) are not required on service animals.
  • The student is responsible at all times for the care and supervision of his or her service animal
  • Dogs must be on a leash within 12-18 inches, under full control, healthy, & relatively clean.
  • Cats, rodents, reptiles, parrots, sugar gliders, etc. are not service animals.

Aggressive or Disruptive Dog

Faculty may ask a student to remove their dog if it is disruptive or aggressive (e.g. blocking access, barking, growling, whining, drooling, excessive odor, panting, and/or scratching).

  • Say, for example, "I understand the dog is a service animal. However, you will need to remove the dog because the odor/noise/behavior is disruptive. You are welcome to return without the dog."
  • Contact Public Safety if staff or students feel threatened or the student is unwilling to remove the dog from the classroom (541-463-5555)
  • Refer the student to the Center for Accessible Resources
  • Inform the Center for Accessible Resources about the incident.

Consult with the Center for Accessible Resources about specific incidents, even while they are happening (541-463- 5150).

Campus Contacts

Associate Dean for Accessibility and Support:
Terrie Minner, Building 1, Room 218 (Center for Accessible Resources).
(541) 463-3010, (541) 463-4739 FAX, TTY: 711,
minnert@lanecc.edu

ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer for Students:
Mary Jeanne Kuhar, Building 3, 2nd Floor (Academic and Student Affairs).
(541) 463-5315, TTY: 711,
kuharmj@lanecc.edu

ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer for Employees and Community Members:
Dennis Carr, Building 3, 1st Floor (Human Resources).
(541) 463-5585, (541) 463-3970 FAX, TTY: 711,
carrd@lanecc.edu

Project Coordinator of the Center for Accessible Resources (student accommodations):
Renee Mackey, Building 1, Room 218 (Center for Accessible Resources).
(541) 463-5662, (541) 463-4739 FAX, TTY: 711
mackeyr@lanecc.edu

HR Benefits/Employee Labor Relations Manager (employee accommodations):
Sharon Daniel, Building 3, 1st Floor (Human Resources).
(541) 463-5091, (541) 463-3970 FAX, TTY: 711
daniels@lanecc.edu

Executive Dean of Student Affairs: 
Kerry Levett, Building 3, 2nd Floor (Academic and Student Affairs).
(541) 463-5725, TTY: 711,
levettk@lanecc.edu

*Restrictions related to safety may include the following learning environments: nursing and health sciences program practicum sites, food preparation areas, rooms with heavy machinery, areas where protective clothing is required, or areas that can pose a safety risk to the animal. Cases will be considered individually to determine if the animal poses a possible danger or could be in danger at a certain location, and whether other reasonable accommodations can be provided to assure equal access to the activity.

Date Adopted: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Date Last Reviewed: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015