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Animals on Campus

Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC) makes every reasonable effort to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).  In compliance with these acts and in the best interest of the community it serves, SVCC has instated the following policies regarding animals on campus.

Service Animals

A service animal is defined as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.  The work or task must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Service dogs have access to any area on campus that is generally open to the public.

Responsibilities of a service animal handler:

  • All animals must be under the handler’s control. Dogs must be kept on a leash, harness, or tether unless doing so would interfere with the animal’s ability to perform their work or task.  In those circumstances the handler may use voice commands, hand signals or other effective means to maintain control of the animal.
  • The service dog must be housebroken.  It is the handler’s sole responsibility to ensure that the animal is taken outside to relieve itself and to dispose of waste material appropriately.

A handler will be required to remove a service animal from campus that is not under the handlers control or housebroken or which has been identified as posing a safety risk to others. 

Non-service Animals

Emotional support, comfort, or therapy animals are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA and are generally not permitted on campus.  Non-service animals are often used to ameliorate stress or provide comfort to others and are not limited to individuals with disabilities. Although some animals are part of a medical therapy plan please note that a doctor’s letter or therapy plan does not turn an animal into a service animal. Students who wish to request permission to have a non-service animal on campus must meet with the Coordinator of Disability Support prior to bringing any animal on campus. Students may contact 815 835 6220 for additional information and to schedule an appointment.

Organizations or individuals that wish to feature or promote a non-service animal program in connection with a campus sponsored event should contact the Security Office at 815 835 6323 for further information and guidelines. Non-service animals are not guaranteed access to public areas under the law and if allowed on campus may be restricted to designated areas.