Attachment I



Procedures for Service Animals at

Texas State University


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Texas State recognizes that service 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 animals that meet the criteria below will be exempt from rules that otherwise restrict or prohibit animals on campus.


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


  Faculty and staff provide documentation to Human Resources.


         For the purposes of these guidelines, a service 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. An example is 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.


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


For questions or additional information, faculty and staff should contact Human Resources. 



Human Resources

Texas State University

340 JC Kellam

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX 78666