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									  Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Service Animal Procedures

Virginia Tech seeks to accommodate persons with disabilities who need the assistance
of service animals. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service
animal is "an animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a
disability" (28 CFR part 36). The university is simultaneously mindful of health and
safety interest of its general community. These guidelines are aimed at meeting these
concerns. The University ADA Services office is responsible for implementing these
procedures for faculty, staff, and guests. The Services for Students with Disabilities
(SSD) office is responsible for implementing these procedures with students. Success
requires the cooperation of faculty, staff, students, and guests.

I. Persons who use service animals at Virginia Tech are asked to abide by the
       A. Compliance with the following university procedures
              1. Provision of acceptable documentation of the need for the service
              2. Completion of the "registry for service animal form" and submission to
              appropriate office. Faculty and staff are to submit the form to the
              University ADA Services office and students are to submit the form to the
              SSD office.
              3. Documentation showing proof of vaccination and training of the service
              animal. Training information will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
              4. Individual needs will be addressed through the appropriate office on a
              case by case basis.
       B. Compliance with Montgomery County animal laws (service animals located on
       other Virginia Tech locations will be subject to relevant city or county animal
              1. Service animals must be leashed while on university property unless
              performing training services for the owner.
              2. The service animal must wear their appropriate ~dentificationta gs as
              indication of ownership.
              3. All animals must have current vaccinations. Dog vaccinations include
              rabies, distemper, and parvovirus. All dogs must wear their rabies
              vaccinations tags.
              4. Owners are responsible for cleaning and caring of their service animal
              well as removing animal waste.

II. University community members are asked to abide by the following:
        A. Allow a service animal to accompany the handler at all times and in all
        locations (with the exception of areas where animals are strictly prohibited for
        health or safety restrictions).
       B. Do not touch or feed service animals when the animal is working, because
       actions distract the animal from required tasks.
       C. Do not deliberately startle or distract a service animal.
       D. Do not attempt to separate a service animal from its handler.
       E. Notify the University ADA Services office or the SSD office with any questions,
       problems, or concerns that you may have regarding service animals on campus.

Ill. Service animals in university housing
        A. Students requesting the accommodation of service animals in the residence
        should complete the "Request for Special Housing Accommodation Form" as
        as the Registry for Service Animal form, which is available in 109 East Eggleston
        Hall or on the SSD office website, This request will be reviewed
        by the Special Housing Review Committee.
        B. The SSD office will facilitate services with university housing.
        C. Students must complete this process prior to move-in.
        D. The requesting individual is responsible for any dan?ages caused by the
        E. Service animals in university housing should not exceed the following weight
        restrictions: at least 8 pounds, but not more than 125 pounds.
        F. Students are responsible for keeping their animal clean and groomed and
        removing animal waste.

IV. Areas that may be prohibited to service animals
       A. The university may prohibit the use of service animals in certain locations due
       health or safety restrictions, where service animals may be in danger, or where
       their use may compromise the integrity of research.
       B. Such restrictions may include, but are not limited to the following areas:
       labs, classrooms with demonstration or research animals, wood shops and
       metallmachine shops, electrical shops, medical and veterinary surgical areas,
       mechanical rooms, custodial closets, and nuclear research areas.
       C. Exceptions to restricted areas may be granted on a case-by-case basis by
       University ADA Services or SSD, and the appropriate departmental

V. Removal of service animals
      A. Service animals can be removed from university grounds due to failure to
      with these procedures.
      B. A service animal can be removed from university grounds if its behavior is
      disruptive. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to: barking, running
       without a leash, and aggressive conduct.

VI. Resources
      A. Montgomery County Animal Policies describes county laws, frequently
      encountered problems, and sources for additional information and assistance.
      This document can be downloaded from the Internet at:
      B. The Job Accommodations Network website has general information regarding
      the care of service animals:
      C. provides etiquette on how to intemct with a guide dog. This
      site also supplies viewers with state access laws for guide dog users. Please see for more information.
      D. The Department of Justice defines service animal and supplies a list of
      commonly asked questions about service animals in places of business. Please
      visit their website at http://www.usdoj.aov/crt/ada/animal.htm.

Code of Federal Regulations; US Department of Justice. (1990). AMERICANS WITH
Retrieved on September 19. 2006, from http:llwww.usdoj.govIcrt/foialtal482b.txt.
                 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
                           Registry for Service Animals

Date Submitted: _____     Doc. Received_____      Approved: _____     Not Approved: _____

NOTE: Students must notify SSD office of any changes in the information provided below.
Faculty, staff, or visitors must notify University ADA Services office of any changes in the
information provided below. Applicant must provide updated vaccination verification at the
beginning of each academic year.

Applicant/Partner Information

Name: Last_______________ First_______________ MI_____

Status on Campus:
_____Resident Student        _____Commuter Student       _____Parent _____Guest
_____Faculty/Staff           _____Conference Participant       _____Other

Resident Student Campus Address:
Building: _______________ Room_____ Phone__________

Staff/Faculty Campus Address:
Building: _______________ Room_____ Phone__________

Home Address:

Home Phone: _______________

Emergency Contact Name: ___________________________

              Phone: _______________________________

Service Animal Information

Type of animal: _______________ Type/breed: _______________               Weight:_______

Description of animal:
Identifying tags or accessories:

Date of most recent vaccinations: ___________________________________________

       (Note: Proof of vaccination must be on file in the SSD or University ADA Services
       Office and students or employees must provide updates at the beginning of each
       academic year)

Training Agency (if applicable):____________________________________________

Date and type of training: _________________________________________________

Services this animal provides:

Additional relevant information which would be helpful to faculty, students, and staff who will
need to interact with this animal:

Cleaning, care, and waste removal plan:
_____ Handler will maintain                                _____Other:_________________

Applicant Signature:

I have read and understand Virginia Tech’s procedures and guidelines on service animals.

                                            Signature: ___________________________

                                            Date: _______________________________

Checklist (office use only)

The following materials are on file with SSD or University ADA Services.
_____Documentation of need for service animal. Date: __________
_____Proof of up-to-date vaccination for rabies, distemper, and parvo.
_____Copy of the animal’s training certificate (when available)
_____Signed Release of Information form

Office Approval: ____________________________________            Date: _______________

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