UW-Parkside Service Animal Policy
I . Policy Statement
It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside that service animals
assisting individuals with disabilities are generally permitted in all facilities and
programs on the UW-Parkside campus except as described below.
II . Definition
"Service animal" as defined by the Coalition of Assistance Dog Organizations (CADO)
and IMDP (International Association of Assistance Dog Partners), means an
assistance dog, and may include other animals specifically trained to perform
physical tasks to mitigate the effects of an individual's disability. Assistance dogs
include guide dogs that guide individuals who are legally blind; hearing dogs that
alert individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to specific sounds; and, service
dogs for individuals with disabilities other than blindness or deafness. Service dogs
are trained to perform a variety of physical tasks including but not limited to pulling
a wheelchair, lending balance support, picking up dropped objects or providing
assistance in a medical crisis. The presence of an animal for comfort, protection or
personal defense does not qualify as training to mitigate the effects of an
individual's disability and therefore does not qualify said animal as a service animal.
II I . When a Service Animal May be Asked to Leave or Prohibited in a UW-Parkside Facility
A service animal may be asked to leave a UW -Parkside facility or program if the
animal's behavior or presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
For example, a service animal that displays vicious behaviors towards people may be
Service Animals may also be excluded in areas where the presence of a service
animal fundamentally alters the nature of a program or activity or is disruptive.
Examples may include, but are not limited to, research labs, areas requiring
protective clothing and food preparation areas (that does not include dining room
In addition, animals not covered under the ADA service animal definition can be
asked to leave a UW-Parkside facility or program. Questions related to the use of
service animals on campus should be directed to the Disability Services Coordinator at 262-595-2610.
Student requests for disability accommodations, including the request to have a service
animal accompany a student on campus, including classrooms and UW -Parkside housing, are handled by the Disability Services Office, through an accommodations
request and review process. Students can reach the DS Office at 262-595-2372.
Employee requests for disability accommodations, including requests to have a
service animal at work, are handled through the appropriate disability
accommodation policy and procedures (academic staff, classified or faculty).
Employees may contact the Human Resources Office at 262-595-2204 for more information and assistance.
VI . Visitors
Service animals accompanying individuals with disabilities are welcome in all areas
of campus that are open to the pub l ic (except in situations determined to apply
under section III above). Specific questions related to the use of service animals on
the UW-Parkside campus by visitors can be directed to the ADA Coordinator a t
VII. Appeals and Grievances
Any student dissatisfied with a decision concerning a service animal can use the UW-
Parkside Student Complaint Policy at http://www.uwp.edu/departments/governance/admin/policy/policy51.cfm
VIII. . Carnpus Resources
Disability Services Office
900 Wood Road, WYLL D175
Kenosha, WI 53141
900 Wood Road, Tallent Hall
Kenosha, WI 53141
Director of Human Resources
Director of Residence Life
IX. Requirements for Service Animals
Vaccination: Service animals must be immunized against diseases common to that
type of animal . All vaccinations must be current. Dogs must wear a rabies
vaccination tag [Wis. Stats . 95 . 21(2) (f)).
Licensing : The City of Kenosha (Kenosha Code of General Ordinances Ch. 14), Town of Somers (Town of Somers Code of Ordinance 12.01), following state law [Wis. Stats. 174.07(1)] requi r es all dogs to be licensed by the time they reach 5 months of age. Service dogs receive the license at no cost [Wis. Stats. 174.055].
Leash: [Kenosha County 14.01] - The owner sha l l keep h i s dog or other domesticated
animals under restra i nt at a l l times and shall not permit such dog or other
domesticated animals to be at large off the premises or property of the owner
unless under the control of a competent person .
Under Control: The owner/keeper of the serv i ce animal must be in full control of
the animals at all times. The care and supervision of a service animal is solely the
responsibility of owner/keeper .
Cleanup Rule : The owner/keeper of a service animal must make provision to clean up after the animal defecates.
Health: Animals to be housed in Residence Life must have an annual clean bill of
health from a licensed veterinarian.
Service Dogs in Training: Wisconsin law allows service dogs in training to be admitted to facil i ties open to the public. Service dogs in train i ng must wear a harness OR lease and special cape and the trainer must present credentials for the dog issued by a school for dog training.
X. Other Resources
U.S Department of Justice, Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act
Kenosha County Code of General Ordinances
Guidance on Service Animals in Public Places http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm
Service Dog Etiquette http://www.deltasociety.org/ServiceArtfclesEtiguette.htm
Adopted from University of Wisconsin-Madison