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Oregon State University recognizes the importance of allowing people with disabilities who require the use of service or assistance animals to receive the benefit of the work, tasks or therapeutic support provided by such animals while on campus. Service and assistance animals are not the same and perform different functions; they are not interchangeable.
A service animal is a dog or miniature horse as identified by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that are trained to do a task(s) or service directly related to a disability. Service animals have received specialized training to perform work or tasks for their handler. Service animals are allowed access to all areas that are open to the public or to students.
If you are interested in bringing a service animal to live or be present on campus with you please see the OSU Policy on Service & Assistance Animals.
Service animals, while allowed in all areas of campus accessible to students, must be under their handler's control at all times. Some of the handler’s responsibilities while you have your service animal on campus include:
A faculty or a staff member may not inquire about the nature or extent of your disability, but may ask the following questions when it is not readily apparent that the animal is a service animal:
An assistance animal is an animal that provides emotional support, comfort or companionship. Assistance animals are not required to have formal training. Assistance animals are not considered service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and therefore are only permitted in certain areas. Assistance animals are covered under the Fair Housing Act and may be allowed in the Residence Halls if deemed a reasonable accommodation.
If you are interested in bringing a service or an assistance animal to live on campus with you please see the OSU Policy on Service & Assistance Animals. In order to have an assistance animal living in the residence halls, you must complete the On-Campus Housing Accommodation process.