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Animals on Campus

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    The following policy has been established to provide for the health and safety of University of North Georgia students, faculty, staff and visitors, and for the protection, efficient use and enjoyment of the campuses.  University of North Georgia (the “University”) allows members of the campus community and visitors to bring their pets to campus.  However, some regulation is necessary to ensure that a pet does not become a threat, health hazard, nuisance, or distraction to University activities.

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    1. Comfort Animal or Emotional Support Animal:  Any animal performing the function of an assistive aid as specified by a health or mental health professional for a person with a disability.

    2. Person with a Disability:   An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such impairment.

    3. Pet or Domestic Animal:  An animal that has been trained or adapted to living in a human environment.  Such animals include, but are not limited to dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and other types of household animals.

    4. Residence Hall: Any University-owned or managed facility that houses students.

    5. Service Animal:  Any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching items.
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    1. Pets are permitted on University grounds if they are under the control of and accompanied by their owner or designee.  The caretaker must promptly clean up and properly dispose of any pet waste.  If animals are disruptive, left unattended, or are not under control of the owner, both the owner and animal may be asked to leave.  All dogs on University grounds must be leashed or under voice command of, and in close proximity to, the caretaker.

    2. Animals are not permitted in academic spaces, which includes classrooms and libraries, or in intercollegiate athletic facilities, which includes athletic fields.

    3. Emotional Support (Comfort) Animals are considered for Residence Halls, as noted by the Federal Housing Act, if specified by documentation from a licensed professional.  All applications for bringing a Comfort Animal will be submitted to the University for review and approval, per the procedures outlined below.

    4. Violations of the University Animals on Campus Policy will be dealt with in accordance with University rules governing the conduct of faculty, staff, and students.  In addition, violations in the Residence Halls will have action taken in accordance with policies for the University’s Residence Life.

    5. Provisions of this policy do not apply to service animals or to police or K9 dogs, while such animals are performing their duties under supervision.   Service animals and service animals in training are permitted on campus and in campus facilities.

    6. This policy does not apply to animals that are used in research.

    7. All faculty, staff, students and visitors of the University of North Georgia are expected to comply with this policy.
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    1. Students wishing to request approval for having a Comfort Animal in a Residence Hall must register with Student Disabilities Services.

    2. For animals on campus issues or concerns involving:

      1. Faculty members or students, contact the Department Chair or Dean.
      2. Staff members, contact the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.
      3. All other issues should be directed to University Public Safety.

    3. Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

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