Guidelines for Animals on Campus
It is the policy of Stetson University to provide a safe, non-threatening and healthy campus environment for our faculty, staff, students, vendors and guests. To continue a tradition of being an animal-friendly campus while at the same time recognizing that allowing animals on campus can create certain challenges, the following guidelines are adopted to effectuate a balanced approach to establishing an animal-friendly campus. These guidelines are intended to respond to concerns of health (especially allergies), fear and safety regarding animals on campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if an animal present in a classroom, office, or building is a service animal?
The Americans with Disabilities Act permits two questions to be asked of individuals with a service animal:
- Is this a service animal required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
Service animals, under the ADA, are defined only as dogs or miniature horses. Any other animal is not considered a service animal. The individual cannot be asked to have the animal perform the task as proof or be asked for any documentation.
Note: Vests are not a guaranteed indicator of a service animal. Vests can be purchased online, and some service animals may not be wearing a vest due to the fact that the vest may impede their ability to perform the task.
Is an emotional support animal considered a service animal?
No, emotional support animals are not considered service animals and are not covered under the ADA. Emotional support animals are covered under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and are only allowed in outdoor areas and a residential student's assigned residence hall room. All other campus areas are not approved for emotional support animals.
Are service animals in training allowed into classrooms, offices, buildings, etc.?
For service animals in training, access to the space can be a great training opportunity for the animal. However, if the animal's behavior is inappropriate, the trainer can be asked to remove the service animal in training from the area. Reasonable expectations can also be set for an animal's access to your space. For example, a faculty member may feel comfortable having the service animal in training present during standard class days but can ask the student to not bring the animal on an exam day.