Kenyon is committed to compliance with state and federal laws regarding individuals with disabilities. Service Animals (Service Dogs) that accompany persons with disabilities may accompany the individual with a disability (owner) everywhere on campus except in situations where safety may be compromised or where the service animal may interfere with the fundamental nature of the activities being conducted. It is the policy of Kenyon College that service animals assisting individuals with disabilities shall be permitted in all Kenyon facilities, programs, and activities except as described above or otherwise governed by applicable law.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), defines a service animal as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” Animals which are not considered service animals are:
Examples of such work or tasks under the law include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task an animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. For information concerning Emotional Support Animals, please contact the Director of Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS; hereafter referred to as the Director) or see the Emotional Support Animal Policy.
*A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove their service animal from the premises unless: (1) the animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the animal is not housebroken. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.
Students with disabilities who require a Service Dog on-campus are requested to self-identify as a person with a disability that requires a Service Dog to the Director as soon as possible after deciding to enroll at the College. The Director will provide information on expectations for the Service Dog to the student and communicate to other College community members to ease the transition of the student.
Please complete the Service Animal Registration Form to register your service animal. The College will follow up directly to discuss housing options.
The student may appeal any decision concerning the Service Animal made by the Director. The appeal will be considered only on the basis of written materials, information, and/or documentation only.
The appeal must be based upon one or more of the following criteria:
Upon receipt of the appeal, the Dean of Students (or their designee) will review all of the relevant information and provide a written response within five (5) business days either granting the appeal and modifying the initial decision, or denying the appeal and maintaining the initial decision. The Dean’s decision shall be final.
Nothing in the policy shall prohibit a student who believes that they may have been subjected to disability discrimination to utilize the College’s Section 504 Grievance Procedures and/or to pursue a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights.