Service Animal Registry

Students with disabilities who require the use of a service animal must register the animal with Disability Services prior to residing on campus and attending classes. Registration involves completing a "Registry for Service Animals" form and authorizing Disability Services staff to notify the appropriate campus personnel/office of the presence of the animal and any special circumstances relevant to service animal usage on campus. Partners/handlers MUST agree to abide by the requirements listed below and/or any additional requirements at sites under the jurisdiction of a cooperating school board: 

Identification and other tags: The animal must have tags or some other method of identification indicating ownership and rabies clearances. Dogs must wear rabies vaccination tag.

Under Control of the Partner/Handler: The partner/handler must be in full control of the animal at all times. The animal must be on a leash at all times. The care and supervision of a service animal is the sole responsibility of its partner/handler. The animal must be maintained and used at all times in ways that do not create safety hazards for other persons.

Health and Vaccinations: The animal must be clean and in good health. Animals to be housed in campus housing must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian. Dogs must have had a general maintenance vaccination series against rabies, distemper and parvo virus. Other animals must have had the appropriate vaccination series for the type of animal. Proof of vaccinations must be filed with either the Director of Human Resources or Coordinator of Disability Services.

Cleanup Rules:

  • Always carry equipment and bags sufficient to clean up the animal's feces.
  • Properly dispose of the feces.
  • Persons who are not physically able to pick up and dispose of feces are responsible for making all necessary arrangements for assistance. The University is not responsible for these services.

Training Certification: If an animal is certified by a training program stating that the animal has successfully completed training, a copy of the certificate must be filed with either Human Resources or the Coordinator of Disability Services.

Circumstances Under Which Approved Animals Can Be Removed From Campus: Service animals may be removed or restricted at a Niagara University location or event for reasons of disruption, health, uncleanness, safety, and/or failure to register the animal. For example, a partner/handler will be asked to remove the animal from the facility or event if the animal is ill and/or when that animal's behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of other persons and/or animals.

Areas Off-Limits to Animals: Animals may be restricted from certain areas of the campus when such restriction is governed by law.

Liability: The partner/handler of any pet or service animal present at any Niagara University location or event is personally responsible for any damage to property and/or harm to others caused by the animal while at a Niagara University facility or sponsored event.