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Assistance or Service Animals Policy


The University recognizes that Assistance Animals and Service Animals may be an effective accommodation for certain qualified students with disabilities at Evangel University. Service Animals are those that are trained to take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability and Assistance Animals as those that provide emotional or other type of support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability while in University Housing. Assistance Animals are permitted only in student housing whereas Service Animals are permitted to accompany students in other areas of the campus. For detailed information on Assistance Animals and Service Animals, and to see if you qualify, refer to the Assistance Animal Policy or contact the Student Disability Coordinator.

[or in some cases, miniature horse*]

that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The work or tasks performed by a Service Animal must be directly related to the resident student’s disability.

* Miniature horses are technically considered in a different category of service animal and have separate but similar criteria. You can see that guideline here.

  • 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 nonviolent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. 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. (28 C.F.R. §36.302(c)).

In certain instances, Assistance (emotional support) Animals may also qualify as Service Animals. Click here for the answers to frequently asked questions about Service Animals and the ADAAA.

“Pet”: A domesticated animal kept in the home for pleasure and companionship, rather than for the purpose of assisting persons with disabilities. A pet is not considered a Service Animal or Assistance Animal, and, therefore, is not covered by these requirements and related policies. (24 C.F.R. § 5.306(1)) Residents are not permitted to keep pets on university property or in university housing.

“Student Partner” : As referenced in this Policy, refers to the individual who benefits from the Assistance Animal’s use or Service Animal’s training.

“Handler”: Refers to the student partner of the Assistance/Service Animal as well as any other person who is charged with control of the Assistance/Service Animal, e.g., a guest or personal attendant.

III. Approval and Registration Process