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Service Animal Guidelines

It is important for all members of the campus community to feel secure in our facilities and on our grounds. It is also important to ensure that an individual with a disability, who needs a Service Animal, shall be able to participate in and benefit from District and College services, programs, and activities. Therefore, the College will not permit animals (including therapy animals and pets) in public areas of the District/College buildings (except for research animals and animals that assist persons with disabilities consistent with ADA regulations). Service animals in training are included in all elements of the following guidelines.

The College will allow service animals on campus subject to the following guidelines (LRCCD Policy 2113 and Regulations 2426):

  1. A service animal is any dog or a miniature horse that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
  2. All service animals brought to the campus by students, faculty or staff must first be registered with the Vice President of Student Services or Vice President of Administrative Services.
  3. Owners must provide documentation of their service animal's current shot/vaccination records at the time of registration. Visitors should check in with the Vice President's offices.
  4. Owners must provide documentation of appropriate licenses. (i.e., means the dog must be licensed with the appropriate city or county agency and does not refer to service animal licensing.)
  5. Owners should carry proof of service animal registration (i.e., means the Service Animal Registration Form on file with the college) when accompanied by that service animal on campus. Staff, faculty and administrators are to verify registration with the Vice President's offices in the event a student is not in possession of proof of registration.
  6. The service animal must be in good health, and free of fleas and external parasites.
  7. The service animal must be on a leash at all times.
  8. Owners are responsible for all clean-up of animal feces.
  9. Service animals that disrupt the learning environment and the ability of others to learn may be excluded from campus.
  10. Service animals that are ill, unclean, noisy, or bedraggled will not be allowed on campus.
  11. Service animals that show unprovoked aggressive tendencies or are deemed potentially dangerous will not be allowed on campus.
  12. Service animals are not permitted to be in the following areas: mechanical rooms/custodial closets, any room where protective gear is worn, or any room that poses a potential danger to the animal.
  13. Owners will be financially responsible for any damage or cleaning costs resulting from the animal being brought on to campus. Animals that cause damage may be excluded from the campus.

If a service animal is registered at any Los Rios Community College District college, that registration is good at all colleges within the district. If the service animal information changes, the Service Animal Registration Form must be updated.

As a courtesy, the student should check in with Vice President of Administration office at the beginning of each semester so we are aware the individual is on campus with their service animal. Also, if we don't have a copy of the individual's registration form on file, one can be placed on file. Owners should carry a copy of their approved Service Animal Registration Form with them while on campus.

If individuals choose to bring a service animal to campus grounds for outdoor activities, courtesy and respect must be extended by and to colleagues, students and visitors in the area. Owners will be required to keep service animals on a leash and should always consider safety, health and the possible fears others may have in the presence of animals.

  • Owners of service animals who have concerns or questions about the implementation of this policy should contact the College Equity Officer.
  • Employees with questions about this policy should contact their Dean/Supervisor.
  • Students with concerns or questions should contact the 504 Coordinator.