Main Policy Content
Only service animals are allowed in the library. In situations where it is not obvious that the dog/animal is a service animal, staff may ask only two specific questions:
- Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
- What work or task has the dog or service animal been trained to perform?
Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the dog or service animal, require that the dog or service animal demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person's disability.
Are emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals considered service animals under the ADA?
- No. These terms are used to describe animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. At Penn State, an emotional support animal’s access is restricted to the housing environment.
Policies and resources
- PSU Policy, AD66 Service Animal Policy
- PSU Student Disability Resources
- U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section.
|FAQ||Service Animal||Emotional Support Animal|
|Law||The law that allows a trained service dog to accompany a person with a disability is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)||Do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. At Penn State, an emotional support animal’s access is restricted to the housing environment.|
|PSU Policy||AD66 Service Animal Policy||N/A|
|Definition||Defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADA), as any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.||An animal (typically dog or cat though this can include other animals) that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship.|
|Do service animals have to wear a vest or patch or special harness identifying them as service animals?||No. The ADA does not require service animals to wear a vest, ID tag, or specific harness.||N/A|
|Requirements for service animals (AD66 Service Animal Policy):||
|Can these animals be asked to leave? (AD66 Service Animal Policy)||
Call Penn State Police, 863-1111 for assistance. Questions related to the use of service animals on campus should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at 814-863-0471.
|At Penn State, an emotional support animal’s access is restricted to the housing environment.|
Revision History (and effective dates):
- February 2022 - Updated formatting
- June 2018 – New policy
Last Review Date: February 2022