Service Animals

Service Animal Guidelines

I. Purpose

Minnesota State University, Mankato is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities and fulfilling its responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are generally permitted in all facilities and programs on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus except as described below. The university may (only) ask if the animal is required because of a disability as well as what work or task the animal has been trained to perform.

II. Definition

By law, a service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability. The 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. In certain situations, a service animal may include a housebroken miniature horse.

Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks;
  • Alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds;
  • Providing non-violent protection or rescue work;
  • Pulling a wheelchair;
  • Assisting an individual during a seizure;
  • Retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone;
  • Providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities;
  • Helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

III. Service animal use and requirements on campus

  • Service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are allowed in all public facilities at Minnesota State University, Mankato, with the exception of areas where service animals are specifically prohibited due to safety or health restrictions, where the service animal may be in danger, or where the service animal’s use may compromise the integrity of research.
  • Licensure & Vaccination: Service animals on campus must comply with all state & local licensure and vaccination requirements. Dogs must wear a license tag and a current rabies vaccination tag.
  • Leash: Service animals must be on a leash at all times, unless impracticable or unfeasible due to owner/keeper’s disability.
  • Under control: The owner/keeper of a service animal must be in full control of the animal at all times. The animal must not be disruptive (for example by barking) and cannot pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others on campus. An individual with a disability may be asked to remove a service animal from the university if the animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it. A person who has a service animal on campus (including University Housing) is financially responsible for property damage caused by his or her service animal.
  • Clean-up: The care and supervision of a service animal is the responsibility of the individual who uses the animal’s service. This includes clean up of all animal waste. University Grounds/Maintenance and Residential Life may designate animal toileting areas. Those who are unable to physically pick up and dispose of feces are responsible for making all necessary arrangements for assistance on a daily basis.

These guidelines are derived from the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325) and its Revised Final Title II Rule which became effective March 15, 2011.