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Disability Services

Service Animal Guidelines

Blue Ridge Community College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), does not exclude service dogs from college facilities or activities.

To work on campus, a service dog must be specifically trained to perform a service function.  If an animal meets this definition, it is considered a service animal, regardless of whether it has been licensed or certified by a state or local government or a training program.  Service animals whose behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others or are disruptive to the campus community may be excluded, regardless of training or certification.

Animals Not Permitted

Companion animals are pets that afford some comfort and security to an individual.  These animals are not trained to perform a specific task for an individual. 

Therapy animals are owned by a licensed therapist and are used as a part of the therapist’s work with individual clients. 

These animals do not act in a way that is different from a pet and therefore the campus policy regarding pets should be followed.  Thus therapy and companion animals are not permitted on the college campus. 

Student Responsibilities

  • The student must follow all ADA guidelines.
  • Students using a service animal in their classrooms should contact Disability Services before the semester begins so it can be noted in their Letter of Accommodation.
  • The animal should be in good health with current records of all appropriate vaccinations.
  • The student is responsible for general hygiene of the animal and when possible, for cleaning up after it.
  • Students using service dogs are responsible for any damages to property caused by the animal.
  • The student must be in full control of the animal at all times.