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ADA Policy for Service Animals
The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, which states, “No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States…shall, solely on the basis of a disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal assistance.” UNK intends to provide the broadest possible access to service animals in all of its public areas.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as “any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.”
A service animal is not a pet, but can perform some of the functions and tasks that an individual with a disability cannot perform himself or herself. Animals are considered “service animals” under ADA, if they meet this definition, regardless of whether they have been licensed or certified by a state or local government. Therapy animals are not considered service animals. Below are basic policy guidelines for UNK:
Students wishing to utilize a service animal on campus should contact the Academic Services Office at 865-8798. Faculty, staff and visitors wishing to utilize a service animal on the UNK campus should contact the Affirmative Action Office at 865-8655 for approval. The University of Nebraska at Kearney considers service animals to be an accommodation issue and therefore requires any individual who intends to have a service animal on campus on a regular basis have a valid accommodation plan.
If you feel you were denied this accommodation, a grievance can be filed through the regular University grievance procedures on file with the UNK Compliance Officer (Founders Hall 1203) or the Academic Services Office (Memorial Student Affairs Building, Room 175). If you have further questions, please contact the Coordinator of Student Disability Services, at 308–865–8798 or the ADA Coordinator at 308-865-8655.
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