Pets are animals kept for companionship; unfortunately pets
are not permitted in Upjohn Library Commons.
Service animals are permitted in Upjohn Library Commons,
in accordance with the following guidelines:
Service animals are "any guide dog, signal dog, or other
animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for
the benefit of an individual with a disability, including,
but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision,
alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or
sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling
a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items" (as defined
in the Code of Federal Regulations
28 C.F.R. §36.104). Animals that meet this definition
are considered service animals regardless of whether they
have been licensed or certified by a state or local government
or a training program.
ADA Business Brief on Service Animals for more information.
Students, faculty, and staff should follow these guidelines
regarding service animals:
- Do not pet or touch a service animal without permission
from the owner.
- Speak to the owner before speaking to the animal.
- Do not feed service animals.
- Do not try to separate a handler from her or his service animal.
- In case of an emergency, every effort should be made to
keep the animal with its owner. However, the first effort
should be toward the person; it may be necessary to leave
an animal behind in certain emergencies.
- You may not ask about the person's disability, but you
may ask if the animal is a service animal, and you may ask
to see a demonstration of what tasks the service animal can perform.
- Service animals are not required to wear identification
that signifies they are service animals.
Service animals may be asked to leave Upjohn Library Commons
under circumstances that include the following:
- The animal is unruly, disruptive, or exhibits aggressive behavior.
An animal that behaves disruptively has not been trained
successfully to function as a service animal in public settings.
In such cases, the animal need not be treated as a service
animal, even if the animal performs assistive functions
for a person with a disability.
- The animal is not on a leash. Service animals are expected
to be on a leash and controlled by the owner at all times.
- The animal is destructive.
- The animal is ill.
- The animal is unclean.
- The owner does not clean up after his or her animal.
- The animal's vaccination record is not up to date. All
animals must be immunized against diseases common to that
type of animal. Dogs must wear a current rabies vaccination tag.
Policy updated February 10, 2011