All faculty and staff
It is the policy of Albion College to provide a safe, non-threatening, and healthy working environment for all employees, students, and visitors. In an effort to respond to concerns of health (especially allergies), fear, and safety, the presence of animals in the workplace poses a safety concern as well as a risk of potential liability for the College. Therefore, except as noted below, animals are not permitted in any building or College vehicle. This applies to all campus buildings and all College vehicles at all times. Animals are further prohibited from access to athletics fields and must be leashed at all times when on College property.
Exceptions to this policy:
A service animal as per the ADA is defined as: “dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.” Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the owner's disability. Emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.”
ADA Requirements - Service Animals (U.S. Department of Justice)
For the purpose of this policy, therapy animals are defined as any animal that has been trained and certified by qualified handlers to provide comfort and affection enrichment to the campus community.
A person with a service or therapy animal.
Albion College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in allowing use of service animals for students, staff, and visitors. For employees:
If the definition of a service animal is not met, then the use of the animal as emotional support may be allowed as a reasonable accommodation in College housing only. Please contact the Office of Residential Life for more information.
Information provided to Human Resource related to this policy is confidential and specific information about the disability will not be released without the consent of the individual.
Registered therapy animal handlers volunteer their time to visit with their animal partners in the community. Working closely with their handlers, therapy animals are focused on serving others. Both members of these well trained teams have a special aptitude for interacting safely with members of the public and enjoy doing so.
Handlers are allowed to bring personal items to an office/designated area for storage during a therapy dog visit, but are not allowed to leave the dog alone in an office/designated area. Further, handlers may not keep the dog as a companion in their office during College-related work time. If outlined in the therapy plan, handlers may keep their animal on-campus in a private office space on days the animal is performing enrichment services as a “drop-in” enrichment service to the campus; therapy animals will not attend meetings or enter other public spaces during that time unless it is related to their enrichment services. Handlers must keep the animal on a leash or crated and under control at all times.
Requests to register a new therapy dog for service on campus must be approved by the Academic Affairs Office. Academic Affairs will consider requests in light of the number of currently approved animals and the demand for therapy dog visits on campus.
Upon approval from Academic Affairs, all therapy animals on campus must be registered (renewed annually) with the Human Resources Office. Human Resources will provide an updated list of approved animals to Campus Safety. Registration requires:
Human Resources is responsible for maintaining a list of therapy dogs and their handlers who are approved to visit campus. Individuals/Departments may request a list of approved therapy dogs and handlers from Human Resources. The request for a therapy dog visit should be made directly with the handler to evaluate need and availability.
A service, emotional support, or therapy animal can be asked to leave or not allowed participation on campus if:
Initial complaints/concerns should be addressed with the handler, if possible. If the issue cannot be resolved directly with the handler, concerns should be directed to the immediate supervisor of the handler. An employee will receive a written warning if a complaint(s) is received regarding the animal. Following the first warning, the employee will have the opportunity to rectify the situation and correct the behavior. If a second complaint is received, the College will conduct a further assessment of the situation and the extent of impact to the community. Following a third complaint or incident, the animal will need to be removed from campus. The individualized assessment of each incident may lead to escalation of this process, up to and including removal of an animal from campus after a first complaint, depending on the severity of any incident involving any service, therapy or support animal. All animal owners must abide by applicable local ordinances, including licensure and vaccination requirements.
Albion College may prohibit the use of service and therapy animals in certain locations due to health or safety restrictions. Restricted areas may include but are not limited to food preparation areas, research laboratories or classrooms that contain research animals, areas that require protective clothing, and other areas as required by state or local laws. Generally, therapy animals will not be permitted in classrooms or offices unless part of the curriculum or detailed in the annual therapy plan. Exceptions to these restrictions may be requested and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Approved Emotional Support Animals are permitted only in College housing.
Questions, concerns, or employees interested in registering their therapy animal on campus should contact: Academic Affairs at 517/629-0222.
The College reserves the right to revoke privileges of any employee who fails to comply with any tenants of this policy or whose animal, in the sole discretion of the College, presents as a concern to the campus community. The College reserves the right to intervene on behalf of the animal in situations of abuse, neglect, or visible need for medical intervention. The College reserves the right to revise this policy at any time, with or without notice.
Cabinet Approved: 09/28/2020