(Revised August 13, 2010)
It is the university's policy to permit service animals on campus to assist individuals who are disabled. This statement relates to individuals who visit the main campus to obtain information about Regent, to attend class, or to obtain various campus services (Regent Bookstore, Regent Ordinary, etc.). It also applies to individuals seeking employment, and to those who are employed at Regent University.
A Regent University employee whose disability requires the use of a service animal must inform the Human Resources Department of that need, and students must inform the Office of Student Services. They will need to describe the tasks the animal has been trained to perform. The student, faculty or staff member may be asked to provide relevant documentation regarding the need for a service animal and the level of training the animal has received. Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities, such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks related to the person's disability. An animal that simply provides comfort or reassurance, absent appropriate documentation of both a covered disability and service animal training, does not qualify as a service animal under the ADA. Students who wish to reside in student housing with a service animal, must provide the above-noted documentation to the Office of Student Services. Service animals will be allowed on university premises, (including food service areas where state and/or local health codes prohibit animals other than service animals) except when:
1. The animal is out of control and the animal owner does not take effective action to control it, e.g. a dog that barks repeatedly; or
2. The animal poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others (allergies and fear of animals are generally not valid reasons for denying an employee the right to have a service animal on university premises).
Regent University will not provide care or food for a service animal or provide a special location for the animal to relieve itself. The owner shall be responsible for all such feeding and care of the service dog, and for waste removal. Service animals should be leashed while on university property. Service animals are working animals, not pets. Pets are not allowed on university premises.