I don't try to distinguish between emotional support animals and service animals. The only animals I have to accommodate are those which are described in the campus Policy and in California Law - dogs and small horses (if you want to see something so cute your head will explode, google "service horses"). Other critters are not permitted in the lab and I have the law on my side there. Thankfully, no one's asked!
Housing is a whole other story!
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU]
On Behalf Of Frankie Wood-Black
Sent: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Service Dogs in Laboratories
Strongly agree - but these are becoming more and more frequent and depending upon certain administrations, there may be need for some delicate and tactful ways of addressing. (We currently have a "rabbit" in our dorms, but were able to not have to deal with it in the science building by framing the initial questions. Thus, no angry student or parent or administrators to deal with, and no having to sight the specific regulations that say we don't have to deal with it.)
On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 8:05 AM, Patricia Redden <predden**At_Symbol_Here**saintpeters.edu> wrote:
Just as a note - "emotional support animals" do not have any access rights and so should not be allowed under any circumstances.
On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 1:01 PM, Frankie Wood-Black <fwoodblack90**At_Symbol_Here**gmail.com> wrote:
One thing to remember is that you have to be careful how you ask the questions. There have been some issues about how you have the discussion. We take the following approach, 1) ask what tasks the dog is trained for - i.e. is it a pick up dog or an alert type - this will help you establish safety measures that need to be considered. 2) You can also ask, how does the dog alert - this may bring up other potential hazards and mitigations, and finally, you can require the same level of protection for the dog as you do the human.
Having these discussions have eliminated some of the "emotional support" animals, because the student's don't want to address these questions.
We utilized the UC Davis guidelines as our starting point.
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