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Americans with Disabilities Fact Sheet

Provided by Karen Waters, Disability Support Services Specialist

Sponsored by, the Student Development Center

November 2004



Question: What are the rules relating to service animals on campus?


Answer:  Service animals are allowed on the college campus and in student housing.  Service animals must perform a task for the student such as, pick up objects, open doors, alert the student to danger.  Some health care professionals recommend a pet for emotional comfort and companionship to college students.  Pets are not allowed on campus or in student housing.  The key distinction is that the animal must perform a task the student can not for herself. 


The Office for Civil Rights has stated that you can ask a person with a disability to remove a guide dog or service animal if it poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.  But, you can’t ask for its removal simply because of the dog’s size or breed.  The owner is required to keep it under control in classrooms and laboratories.  All students, disabled or not, must adhere to an institution’s code of conduct or face the consequences of their actions. 


***A service dog helping a hearing impaired person can assist by barking.         


I hope you have enjoyed the ADA Fact Sheet.  If you have specific questions you would like answered or need more information on a disability, please let me know.  I would appreciate your input.  And, thanks for your help in the educational plan for our ADA students taking courses at Western Wyoming Community College.




Karen K. Waters, Disability Support Services Specialist – (307) 382-1806