Attachment V



Procedures for Service or Assistance Animals at Texas State University


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Texas State University recognizes that service or assistance animals can play an important and necessary role in fostering the independence of some individuals with disabilities. Consequently, an appropriately trained animal, under the control of the disabled individual, may be allowed in campus facilities where animals would typically not be permitted (Texas Human Resources Code, Chapter 121).


Only service or assistance animals that meet the criteria below will be exempt from rules that otherwise restrict or prohibit animals.


a.   Individuals requiring use of a service or assistance animal must demonstrate that the service or assistance animal is needed as a reasonable accommodation that is linked to their specific disability. In cases where the disability is not readily apparent or easily perceivable, documentation of disability may be requested.


·         Students provide appropriate documentation to the Office of Disability Services.


·         Faculty and staff provide documentation to Human Resources.


b.   For the purposes of these guidelines, a service or assistance animal must meet the following criteria:


·         The animal is of a type commonly accepted and trained for performing a task or function for disabled individuals.


·         The animal is individually trained to perform a specific task or tasks not instinctual to the animal on behalf of an individual with a disability.


·         Training of the animal is of a type appropriate for the disability.


·         A clear and explicit rationale must exist for the function or service that the animal will fulfill. Examples include a guide dog for the blind, a hearing dog which can alert a deaf individual to important sounds including a ringing telephone or doorbell, or a dog trained to provide minimal protection or rescue work.


c.    Any animal posing a direct threat to the health or safety others, or exhibiting repeated disruptive behavior, may be denied access to university facilities.


d.    Any animal whose presence would fundamentally alter the nature of a specific program or service will be excluded. However, the person with a disability will be allowed to participate without the animal. This determination would be made on a case-by-case basis.


Service Animals in Training


As provided in §121.003 (I) of the Texas Human Resources Code, Texas State will admit to its facilities an assistance animal in training when accompanied by an approved trainer who is an agent of an organization generally recognized by agencies involved in the rehabilitation of persons who are disabled as reputable and competent to provide training for assistance animals and their handlers.


Service Animals in University Housing


In addition to meeting the above criteria, the following guidelines will be used for requests to have service animals reside in university housing.


a.    Individuals receive authorization for the service animal in university housing as an appropriate accommodation prior to the animal moving into residence.


b.    Specific room or apartment assignments will be determined by a collaboration between the Department of Housing and Residential Life, the Office of Disability Services, and the individual making the request, taking into account the individual's needs, the animal's needs, and the needs of those living in proximity.


c.    Students agree to be responsible for any damages to property caused by behavior of the service animal. Students with disabilities who have officially met Texas State criteria to have a service animal on campus or in university housing will not be required to pay a fee or deposit for this animal.


d.    If a student with a disability needs an emotional support animal in university housing to ease the symptoms of a disability, the student must submit a written request to the Department of Housing and Residential Life. The request should: 1) describe the disability; 2) explain how the requested support animal would help; and 3) include a note from a physician or therapist verifying the need for the support animal. The request and supporting documentation must demonstrate a relationship between the student’s ability to function and the support of the animal.  A support animal is permitted in university housing, but not in other campus facilities.


For questions or additional information, students should contact the Office of Disability Services and faculty and staff should contact Human Resources.


Office of Disability Services
Texas State University
Suite 5-5.1, LBJ Student Center
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
512.245.3451 (Voice/TTY)


Human Resources
Texas State University
340 JC Kellam
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666


Department of Housing and Residential Life
Texas State University

DHRL Administration Building
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX  78666