If you anticipate working with a service animal in a laboratory at any time over the course of your enrollment at Madison College, we want to provide that opportunity without endangering the safety of you, your fellow students, or your animal.
In order to achieve this goal, we will need to know the specifics of the service the animal provides, with enough advance notice to make the appropriate arrangements. Before you attend the first lab for a class, you must meet with the faculty member teaching the laboratory component of your course and a staff member from Disability Resource Services.
It is highly recommended that you make arrangements for this meeting with plenty of notice (1-2 months before the start of your class is not too much!) so that all plans may be worked out without disrupting your class participation.
During this meeting, you can expect to be asked questions including, but not limited to:
- Is the animal a service animal required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?
- Do you require the animal to be with you at all times or only under certain circumstances? What are those circumstances?
- Do you need a place for the animal to stay while you are in lab and not needing the animal at that time?How does the animal alert?
Additionally, there are a few other preparations you can make ahead of each course with a laboratory requirement.
►Personal protective equipment for your service animal
Service animals are required to wear the same personal protective equipment covering as students in the lab. This means that you must acquire goggles, foot protection (though a protective mat will be provided for the animal’s safety during lab), and sturdy protective clothing for your service animal. We are happy to work with you to identify clothing materials that are well suited to the laboratory environment.
►Chemical safety information pertaining to your service animal
It will be your responsibility to discuss with faculty and DRS any particular chemical hazards that may apply to your service animal.
►Chemical hazards and alternative assignments
In some cases, lab exercises may involve use of chemicals that interfere (or run a reasonable risk of interfering) with your service animal’s ability to provide its service. In such cases, your instructor will work to provide you with an alternative assignment to minimize loss of instructional quality and keep you from losing any credit.
►Leashing/tethering of service animal
Per Madison College policy, service animals will have to remain leashed or tethered at all times unless doing so prevents them from performing their necessary service or the individual’s disability prevents use of these devices.
Adopted from UW Madison McBurney Center policy