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Service Animal Policy

Mills College seeks to accommodate qualified persons with disabilities who need the assistance of service animals. The College is also mindful of the health and safety interests of the general campus community. This policy is aimed at meeting these concerns. Services for Students with Disabilities is responsible for implementing this policy. Success requires the cooperation of all students, staff and faculty.

Working Service Animals are permitted in Mills College buildings if they meet the ADA definition of "any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to intruder or sound, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items." With regard to psychiatric service animals, tasks performed may include but are not limited to “preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors, reminding the individual to take medication, removing disoriented individuals from dangerous situations.”

The following must be on file with SSD:

  1. The animal's current license (The animal must also wear rabies vaccination tag.)
  2. A yearly certificate from a licensed veterinarian verifying the good health of the animal and current documentation of all required vaccinations, including rabies.

In addition:

The animal's owner must be a registered SSD student with current  documentation on file with SSD by a professional medical/mental health care provider that indicates how the animal accommodates for her or his disability and how its tasks are directly linked to the student's disability. The documentation should also make clear how the service animal supports the student's equal access to the college's activities, programs and services. Service animals must also be registered with the Mills College Department of Public Safety and follow Public Safety’s Animal Policy.





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Last Updated: 1/10/14