2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 65 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 proceedings. Additional information may be obtained from the supervising student conduct case manager, often Residence Directors, the Director of Residence Life, or the Dean of Students. Failure to complete required payment or course completion will result in a hold being placed onto the student account, preventing registration and other university services. This hold will only be taken off pending completion of the sanction(s). 3. Animals at HSU Since the early years, students have been riding horses to campus at HSU, and beloved pets include Dam-It the Dog from the 1930s up to 2014 when Gilbert the Goose arrived on the scene and serves as the current unofficial mascot on campus. Students, faculty, and staff may have animals on campus under the following policies: 3.1 Outside Campus Grounds The campus community and visitors may bring dogs on campus grounds as long as they are on a leash at all times, the owner picks up after the pet, and the pet does not interfere with campus functions. The city of Abilene has additional policies that we also follow including that dogs cannot be noisy. The law restricts breeds of dogs known to be vicious, including pit bulls. In our western tradition, horses are welcome to be ridden on campus as long as they are cleaned up after, and they may be left unattended for business less than 15 minutes if tied to the appropriate hitching posts. No other animals other than those who roam wild or that professors are using in the classroom are allowed to be in campus buildings or be anywhere on campus property. Pets are not allowed at any campus sporting events. 3.2 Service Animals Service animals are defined as animals that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The work or task that the animal performs must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Service animals are working animals, not pets. Examples of service animal tasks include, but are not limited to, guiding a person with blindness, alerting people who are deaf, or pulling a wheelchair. Owners/handlers of a service animal must never be questioned about the nature or extent of their disability. Service animals are allowed anywhere on campus when accompanied by an individual with a disability who indicates the service animal is trained to provide, and does provide, a specific service to them that is directly related to their disability. In general, individuals who are accompanied by a service animal must not be asked to identify the nature or extent of their disability. In regard to a service animal, HSU faculty and staff will not inquire about the qualifications of a service animal when it is readily apparent that the animal is trained to do work or to perform a task for an individual with a disability (e.g., the dog is observed guiding an individual who is blind or has low vision, pulling a person’s wheelchair, or providing assistance with stability or balance to a person with an observable mobility disability.) HSU faculty and staff will not require documentation of a service animal’s certification, training or license as a service animal. If it is not readily apparent that an animal is performing work or a task on behalf of an individual with a disability, please do not approach the individual or the animal. Refer the matter to the Dean of Students who will work with the individual and the Office of Student Disabilities to determine whether an animal qualifies as a service animal.