Service animals are allowed on campus, in classrooms and any other place that students are allowed to go. Instructors may only question students as permitted by law (please see item #5 below). Disruptive animals may be dismissed as permitted by law (please see #4 below).
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section
A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
Generally, title II and title III entities must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.
Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.
When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are legal. Staff may ask two questions:
1-Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
2-What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?
WJU Policy Manual states:
Policy Statement: The Campus Safety department shall be responsible for the establishment of an environment that is safe for all. Pets are not permitted on campus at any time but, police dogs and animals used in approved teaching, research, and clinical activities shall be permitted. Service animals and support (i.e., comfort and therapy) animals shall be permitted according to applicable state and federal laws.
Service animals must be in the control of their personal handler at all times and must not be off leash unless performing a specific service. Only licensed trainers may have service animals in training on campus.
No pets other than fish will be permitted in campus housing. The privilege to have a fish tank may be revoked in the event that regular cleaning of the tank does not occur. All tanks are required to be clean and odor-free, and no more than 15 gallons. All unauthorized animals discovered in campus housing will incur a $100 fine.
Emotional Support Animals (E.S.A.)
Emotional Support Animals (E.S.A.) are an accommodation for approved residential students. Under Fair Housing Act (FHA) laws E.S.A.s are permitted, but only in the residential living and designated outdoor care areas.
E.S.A.s are a housing accommodation. Students wishing to request accommodations may do so through the Disability Support Services office, to the right of the stairs in the library.
Students who have qualified for an E.S.A. accommodation must submit a housing accommodation letter (issued by DSS) to the Housing Office by housing accommodation request deadlines*. Approval from housing must occur prior to bringing animal into campus housing.
*Housing Accommodation Request Deadlines:
Fall Admits-July 1st
Spring Admits-December 1st
Fall Returners-March 1st
Spring Returners-November 1st