Procedures for Use of Assistance Animals

At University of Central Missouri


A UCM student, or a member of a student’s family, who wants to qualify for use of an assistance animal, must meet the following requirements:

·         have a documented disability

·         the animal is needed to assist with the disability, and

·         there is a relationship between the disability and the assistance that the animal provides. 

“Disability” is defined by Americans with Disabilities Act as a person with a permanent or long term physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities


Students with disabilities, or a family member with a disability who is residing with the student in UCM housing, who wish to utilize an assistance animal must provide:

·         a description of the functions the animal provides.  

OAS will review the documentation to validate the disability and corresponding need for the assistance animal. At the person’s request, OAS will inform University Housing of the authorized assistance animal. Periodically, the partner/handler may be required to provide updated documentation. 

Pets, Emotional Support Animals, and Service Animals at UCM Locations and Events

Pets are generally not permitted in University facilities or at UCM events.

Emotional Support animals are permitted in University Housing when appropriate professional documentation verifies the need for the assistance animal by the authorized resident with disability living in University Housing.  Emotional Support animals do not accompany the partner/handler in places of public accommodation that have a “no pets” rule. 

Service dogs may have right of access to other University facilities if the appropriate documentation has been provided to OAS. These may include guide dogs for the blind, seizure alert dogs, and others based on the person’s documented disability and the dog’s specific training.


Requirements of All Assistance Animals and/or Their Partners/Handlers


The animal must have received the typical immunizations against diseases common to that type of animal.


The animal must be in good health.  The handler living in University Housing must maintain good living conditions and utilize humane treatment of the animal.

If requested, the handler of the assistance animal must show proof that the animal has met the following regulations:

Cleanliness and Quietness:

Partner/handlers must maintain quietness of the assistance animal and cleanliness of their premises, both indoors and outdoors, in regard to the assistance animal.  Consideration of others must be taken into account when providing maintenance and hygiene of assistance animals. The owner is expected to immediately clean and appropriately dispose of all animal waste.   The care or supervision of an assistance animal is solely the responsibility of the owner. 

Relief Areas:

Relief areas include grassy or treed areas on campus or around the University apartment or residence hall.   The handler is responsible for immediately cleaning up after the animal and for appropriately disposing of the waste, such as placing the sealed plastic bag in an outdoor trash receptacle. 

Behavior of Assistance Animals

The UCM student or handler with an assistance animal is responsible for all acts of the animal, including:

a)    The animal must be under handler control at all times. 

b)   The animal must be on leash, crated, or within the residence hall room anytime it is on campus.

c)   The animal must be as unobtrusive as possible. 

d)   The animal must not block an aisle, sidewalk, or passageway.

e)   The animal must never be more than 3 feet from the partner/handler.

Emergency Situations

In the case of an emergency, Public Safety and Facilities should be made aware that there is an assistance animal on the premises. It may be necessary to leave the animal behind in certain emergency or disaster situations.

Conflicting Conditions

If another person has a condition such as an allergic reaction to animals, and if a common sense approach has not satisfactorily resolved the matter, they may contact the Office of Accessibility Services for assistance.  The person with the concern must provide documentation to support the complaint. Action will be taken to consider the needs of both the complainant and the handler to resolve the problem as expeditiously as possible. Strong evidence is required to offset the needs and rights of having a service dog.


The handler of an animal present at any UCM location or event is personally responsible for any damage to property and/or harm to others caused by him/herself or the animal.  The University of Central Missouri is not responsible for damage or harm caused by the assistance animal or partner/handler.


Assistance Animals May Be Removed or Restricted

Assistance animals may be removed or restricted from a UCM location or event for reasons of disruption, health, cleanliness, and/or safety. Consequences may include, but are not limited to, muzzling a barking animal, additional training for the animal and/or handler, or excluding the animal from the University.  A handler will be asked to remove the animal from the University facility if the animal is ill, when the animal's or handler’s behavior is inappropriate, or the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of other persons and/or animals. Inappropriate behavior includes but is not limited to: animal’s barking or other disruptive noise, aggression by the animal or handler, the animal is off-leash or out of crate, or the handler’s failure to care for or clean up after the animal.


As a person with an assistance animal, I agree to the above requirements.  I understand that failure to comply with these requirements may result in the loss of approval to have the assistance animal on campus or in University Housing and/or in my removal from University Housing.  I know that I am responsible for all behaviors of my assistance animal.


Print Name & ID number (if student)                              Signature                                                   Address        



Print Name & ID number                                                 Signature                                                   Address                                        



Species, breed, description, name of assistance animal (e.g. dog, poodle, black, Fido)              Date




Form 07_2014