It is the policy of Madison College that service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are generally permitted in all facilities and programs on district campuses. Requests for service animals at Madison College will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The purpose of these procedures is to ensure that students with disabilities who have service animals can participate in and benefit from district services, programs and activities and to ensure that the district does not discriminate on the basis of disability as identified in Titles I and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA authorizes places of public accommodation to impose restrictions if it is a safety requirement.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. An animal that is used to provide an emotionally supportive therapeutic service for a student does not meet the definition of a Service Animal.
There are certain areas that may be considered unsafe for the service dog and its partner, or where the presence of animal might interfere with the safety of others (i.e. labs, machine rooms, kitchen-areas where protective clothing is necessary). Exceptions would have to be made on a case-by-case basis. If it is determined that an area is unsafe, reasonable accommodations will be provided to assure equal access to the student.
Some individuals may have adverse reactions to a service dog due to allergies. If these circumstances arise, resolution of the complaint will take into consideration the needs of both parties and be as prompt as possible.
Questions related to the use of service animals at Madison College should be directed to the Director of Disability Resource Services, 246-6791. If you are dissatisfied with a decision concerning a service animal and would like to appeal the decision, please go to the Appeals Process page.