6.26 Animals on Campus Policy

I. Policy

It is the policy of Central Piedmont Community College (the “College”) that individuals are generally prohibited from bringing animals onto College property. However, the College welcomes the presence of animals on campus when consistent with the provisions of this policy and applicable law.

II. Rule

A. Students with disabilities are permitted to bring service animals onto College property in accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and as provided in this policy.

B. Visitors with disabilities are permitted to bring service animals onto College property in accordance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and as provided in this policy.

C. Employees with disabilities are permitted to bring animals onto College property as part of an approved accommodation in accordance with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities ActCentral Piedmont Policy 4.74, and as provided in this policy.

D. Service-animal trainers are permitted to bring service-animals-in-training onto College property in accordance with N.C. G.S, 168-4.2.B and as provided in this policy.

    III. Definition

    A. Service Animals for Students and Visitors

    1. A service animal for students and visitors as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act is any dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a student or visitor with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed must be directly related to the student’s or visitor’s disability. The potential crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.

    2. In limited circumstances, miniature horses may qualify as service animals for students and visitors.

    B.  Animals for Employees

    Employees with disabilities who wish to bring an animal on campus as part of a reasonable accommodation request shall refer to Central Piedmont Policy 4.74 for approval and shall comply with the provisions of this policy.

    C. Service-Animals-In-Training for All Individuals

    A service-animal-in-training is an animal brought to campus by a trainer for the purpose of training the animal to become a service animal for individuals with disabilities and is allowed in accordance with N.C. G.S, 168-4.2.B and the provisions of this policy.

    1. Visiting trainers must provide prior documentation to the Office of the President demonstrating that the animal is a service-animal-in-training and must adhere to the responsibilities outlined in this policy.

    2. Student trainers must provide prior documentation to the Office of Disability Services demonstrating that the animal is a service-animal-in training and must adhere to the responsibilities outlined in this policy.

    3. Employee trainers must provide prior documentation to the Office of Human Resources demonstrating that the animal is a service-animal-in training and must adhere to the responsibilities outlined in this policy.

    IV. Places of Access

    A. Service animals and service-animals-in-training are permitted to accompany students and visitors with disabilities and student/visitor trainers in all areas of the College’s campuses where the individual is normally allowed to go. Animals approved as part of an accommodation and service-animals-in-training are permitted to accompany employees with disabilities and employee trainers in all areas of the College’s campuses where the employee is normally allowed to go. However, the College may prohibit the presence of animals in certain locations where health or safety restrictions prevent their presence, where animals may be in danger, or where the presence of animals may cause health issues, for example: laboratories, food preparation areas, mechanical rooms, or other places where the health or safety of others may be compromised.

    B. The appropriate office will be consulted when determining if the presence of the animal can be allowed. If the animal cannot be present, every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations to help the individual have equal access to the required tasks.

    V. Requirements

    A. No request by a student or visitor to bring a service animal on campus is required, and no documentation supporting the need for a service animal is required. A student or visitor does not need to register the service animal with the College in order to be accompanied by a service animal. However, when the need for a service animal by a student or visitor is not readily apparent, College staff may make the following two inquiries of the individual:

    1. Is the animal required because of a disability?

    2. What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?

    B. Although not required to do so, students and visitors who wish to bring service animals to campus are encouraged to voluntarily make that known to the Office of Disability Services (for students) or the Office of the President (for visitors). Advance notice can allow for effective communication with College staff and more flexibility in meeting an individual’s specific needs.

    C. An animal will not be permitted on campus if it behaves in a way that poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, has a history of such behavior, or is not under the control of the owner/handler.

    VI. Rules and Responsibilities Regarding Animals on Campus

    All individuals are responsible for complying with the College’s Policies and Procedures.

    A. Responsibility for the Animal

    1. The owner/handler is fully responsible for:

    a. the care and supervision of the animal (including toileting, feeding, grooming, veterinary care, and cleaning up after the animal and including any associated costs);

    b. the well-being of the animal; and

    c. any damage or injury caused by the animal.

    2. Evidence of mistreatment or abuse may result in immediate removal of the animal and/or discipline for the owner/handler.

    B. Animal Health and Hygiene

    1. Animals must be current on all state and local vaccination requirements. The College may, in its discretion, require the owner/handler to provide documentation establishing that such vaccination requirements have been met.

    2. Animals must be housebroken.

    C. Control over the Animal

    1. The owner/handler must be in full control of the animal at all times; the animal may not be left unattended at any time.

    2. An animal must have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the owner/handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the animal must be otherwise under the owner’s/handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means).

    3. Upon approval of the President (or designee), an animal may be removed from campus if it is out of control (e.g. uncontrolled barking, wandering, displaying aggressive behavior) and the owner/handler does not take effective action to control it; if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others; or if it is not housebroken.

    D. Identification

    1. It is recommended, but not required, that animals for individuals with disabilities wear some type of commonly recognized identification symbol indicating the animal is a working animal.

    2. A service-animal-in-training must wear a collar and leash, harness, or cape that identifies the animal as a service-animal-in-training.

    VII. Conflicts

    A. Students who come into contact with an animal on campus regularly and who experience reactions to the animal (for example, as a result of allergies or a fear of dogs) should contact the Office of Disability Services.

    B. Employees who come into contact with an animal on campus regularly and who experience reactions to the animal (for example, as a result of allergies or a fear of dogs) should contact the Office of Human Resources.

    Changes approved by the Board of Trustees on January 10, 2018
    Policy approved by the Board of Trustees on March 2, 2016