Topic Number2.3.23Effective DateJuly 1, 2011 (rev)
ProcedureUse of Service Animals on WWRC Campus
Purpose:To document allowable practices for use of service animals on WWRC's campus.
Accountability Indicators
  • WWRC clients who use service animals as a form of accommodation for their disability are allowed to bring the animal to campus during program enrollment, documenting their understanding of expectations for use at time of admission. 
  • WWRC clients who use service animals as a form of accommodation for their disability participate in WWRC programs and services the same as other clients-in-residence. 
  • WWRC clients who use service animals as a form of accommodation for their disability take personal care of the service animal, as observed and reported.
Policy Reference
Detailed Governance ReferenceN/A
Executive Staff ContactMike Kelley, WWRC Dean of Students & Division Director, Residential Services

 

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Governance Procedure

Service animals perform some of the functions and tasks that the individual with a disability cannot perform. Some examples include:

  • Guide dogs to assist persons with visual impairment,
  • Hearing dogs to assist persons with hearing impairment, or
  • Service dogs to assist persons with mobility impairment

 

If the service animal meets the criteria in WWRC's policy, it shall be permitted to accompany the individual to all areas of the facility where consumers are normally allowed to go.

 

Prior to admission, the client must provide evidence that the service animal is in good health and is also required to agree to the following requirements as a condition of enrollment:

  • To be responsible for the feeding and all physical and/or health care required by asking for assistance, if needed.
  • To maintain good grooming and cleanliness.
  • To maintain the behavior of the animal such that it does not pose a threat or nuisance to consumers, staff, or guests because of odor, sound, disposition, or behavioral characteristics.
  • To be responsible for effective control of the animal at all times, either by leash or command, and be responsible for appropriate disposal and collection techniques when cleaning up after it, by asking for assistance, if needed.
  • To have the animal removed from the facility in the event the consumer cannot care for the animal.

 

WWRC employees may exclude service animals from the following areas, based on determination by appropriate medical personnel:

  • The residence of consumers placed in isolation due to infectious disease.
  • The residence of consumers who have strong allergic reactions to the animal type.
  • The residence of consumers who have fears or phobias about the animal type.
  • Any medical treatment area in which sterility cannot be expected to be maintained due to the animal's presence.