2017-2018 Student Handbook

Page 66 of 107 Updated 1.25.17 Service animal owners/handlers are responsible for any damage or injury caused by their animals and must take appropriate precautions to prevent property damage and/or injury to others while on campus. Service animals must be under the control of the owner/ handler at all times and, to the extent possible, the service animal should be unobtrusive to other individuals and the learning, living, and working environment. Cost of care, arrangements, and responsibility for the well-being of a service animal are the sole responsibility of the owner/handler including keeping the animal free from fleas and ticks or other pests that may cause infestation. Cleaning up after a service animal is the sole responsibility of the owner/handler. In the event that the owner/handler is not physically able to clean up after a service animal, the owner/handler must hire another individual who is capable of meeting this requirement. 3.3 Emotional Support Animals Emotional support animals will be permitted in university housing when the emotional support animal is necessary for the resident (with a documented disability) to have equal access to housing and is approved in advance by the Student Care Team. Approved emotional support animals are not permitted on any other part of campus outside their housing unit or room. For consideration of an emotional support animal, the student must have a documented emotional disability registered with the HSU Office for Students with Disabilities in advance of the request. Students requesting accommodation with an emotional support animal in campus housing must make a request to the Office of Residence Life in writing by email at ResidenceLife@HSUTX.edu concurrent with the request for accommodation and no later than 30 days before their requested arrival on campus to process their request. The request must include the following: 3.3(a). Documentation stating that student is under the regular care of a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) where they can evidence they have been seeing the same LMHP regularly for a minimum of one year 3.3(b). Credentials of their LMHP 3.3(c). A properly formatted prescription letter that states the student is under the care of a LMHP which must state the link between the presence of the emotional support animal and a documented disability 3.3(d). Proof that the emotional support animal is properly licensed with the city of Abilene 3.3(e). Evidence of current vaccinations for the emotional support pet as applicable 3.3(f). If already living on campus, all roommates or suitemates of the owner must sign an agreement allowing the requested animal to be in residence with them. In the event that one or more roommates or suitemates do not approve, or that potential allergies may cause issues for other residents, the owner and animal may be reassigned to a different location. A request may be denied if the emotional support animal presents an undue financial or administrative burden on the university, poses a substantial and direct threat to personal or public safety or constitutes a fundamental alteration of the nature of the service or program of the university. The owner of an emotional support animal approved as an accommodation in university housing must: 3.3(g). Assure that the emotional support animal does not unduly interfere with the routine activities of the residence hall or cause difficulties with other residents. 3.3(h). Assume full financial responsibility for damage or injury caused by the emotional support animal, including but not limited to replacement of furniture, carpet, windows and wall covering. Expenses related to property damage will be charged at the time of repair or move-out. 3.3(i). Assume full financial responsibility for any expense incurred for cleaning above and beyond a standard cleaning, and for any costs related to pest control or pest mitigation. 3.3(j). Assume full financial responsibility for the cost of care, arrangements and responsibility for the well- being of the emotional support animal. Emotional support animals may not be left in the care of another