The ADA defines a Service Animal as “any dog 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.” Importantly, other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not Service Animals for the purposes of the ADA. However, under certain conditions, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln will make reasonable modifications for a miniature horse that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability.
The service animal must be under the control of the handler at all times and cannot be unattended to disturb others. Complaints about a service animal will be addressed by the ADA Compliance Officer.
Assistance Animals (can also be called Emotional Support or Therapy Animals) are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA. Per the Fair Housing Act, the university provides reasonable accommodations for an Assistance Animal in University Housing. These animals must be contained within the privately assigned student living accommodation (room, suite or apartment, etc.). Services for Students with Disabilities in partnership with the ADA Compliance Officer will determine, on a case by case basis, whether an animal is a reasonable accommodation in University Housing.
The following steps must be completed to request this accommodation:
- The student must complete the Disability Accommodations in University Housing Request Form and submit it to the Services for Students with Disabilities office.
- The student is responsible for having his/her medical provider complete the Accommodation Verification for Assistance Animal Form and have it sent or faxed to the Services for Students with Disabilities office.
- Once the Accommodation Verification for Assistance Animal Form is received, a decision is e-mailed to the student within 14 business days.
- Assistance Animal Policy
- Disability Accommodations in University Housing Request Form
(Request for an Assistance Animal)
- Accommodation Verification for Assistance Animal Form
SERVICE DOGS IN TRAINING:
The university complies with the Nebraska statute that states “a bona fide trainer of a service animal has the right to be accompanied by such animal in training in any of the places that a service animal is allowed without being required to pay an extra charge for the service animal. Such person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities or to any person by such animal.”
To be approved to have a “service dog in training” on campus the student must contact the ADA/504 Compliance Officer.