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Name: Domestic and Companion Animals on College Property Policy - Interim
Responsible Office: Office of Emergency Management

Applies to: (examples; Faculty,Staff, Students, etc)

Faculty , Staff , Students , Contractors_Vendors

Policy Overview:

Issued: 08-01-2017
Next Review Date: 08-01-2019
Frequency of Reviews: Every 2 Years

In order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of all persons on property owned or controlled by St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the following rules are established to control “Domestic & Companion” animals on College property. This Policy does not apply to animals approved for research by the IACUC.

Applies to St. Louis College of Pharmacy faculty, staff, students and guests.


Definitions:

Term

Definition

Domestic & Companion Animals

Includes those animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as required by federal, state and/or local law. The definition of “Domestic and Companion” animal does not include the following: all felines (other than the domestic house cat), nonhuman primates, bears, wolves, coyotes, foxes and venomous reptiles, cattle, horses, goats, mules, sheep, swine, camels, llamas, other livestock animals typically raised on a farm or ranch, geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys, other fowl, any crossbreeds or hybrids of such animals, and any other animal designated by federal, state or local officials as a dangerous animal, nondomestic animal, wild animal, or exotic animal.

Service animal

As defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA: A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button.  Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA. A psychiatric service animal is a dog that is individually trained for people with an emotional or psychiatric disability so severe that it substantially limits his/her ability to perform at least one major life task. PSDs are considered service animals.

Emotional Support animal

An emotional support animal (ESA) is an animal that has been prescribed for a person by his/her licensed therapist (a licensed mental health professional) in a properly formatted letter. This letter should state that the person is determined to be emotionally or psychiatrically disabled and that the presence of the animal is necessary for the disabled person's mental health.

An emotional support animal can sometimes be referred to as a support animal, assistance animal, helper animals, assist animals

Procedures:

No animals, including Domestic & Companion animals, are permitted within buildings on property owned or controlled by St. Louis College of Pharmacy, with the exception of approved service or emotional support animals that provide assistance to persons with disabilities or those otherwise approved through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) in consultation with Human Resources, Residential Life, Student Success Center and the Office of General Counsel, when appropriate. For additional information on the definition of service animals and emotional support animals and the process for requesting approval for such animals, please visit:

 

If you are a student:

Student Success Center

https://my.stlcop.edu/dept/office_studentsurvices/SitePages/Home.aspx

 

 If you are a faculty or staff member:

Office of Human Resources

https://my.stlcop.edu/hr/Pages/default.aspx

 

Domestic & Companion, service, and emotional support animals are permitted on St. Louis College of Pharmacy grounds but shall not be left unattended. No other animals are permitted onto the grounds of St. Louis College of Pharmacy, except as otherwise approved by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and any other necessary College offices as specified by EH&S.

All authorized animals on the grounds of St. Louis College of Pharmacy must be on a leash, rope or lead of not more than six (6) feet in length and held by a responsible person. If a leash or rope is not feasible due to the size or type of animal, the animal must be otherwise contained such that it is not able to roam freely on the grounds.

Any person bringing a Domestic or Companion animal onto the grounds of St. Louis College of Pharmacy shall be responsible for removal of any excrement or feces deposited by the animal, as well as the cleanup of any other waste products or damages done by the animal to St. Louis College of Pharmacy property.

Student group events involving any animals, including Domestic & Companion animals, are not permitted on St. Louis College of Pharmacy grounds.

The Handler is responsible for constant supervision and care of the animal. If an animal behaves in an unacceptable way, the animal must be removed from college grounds. St. Louis College of Pharmacy has the right to deny access to a domestic animal that disrupts business.

Responsibilities:

Position/Office/Department

Responsibility

Student Success Center

Review and approval from students on the need for service or emotional support animals.

Office of Human Resources

Review and approval from staff and faculty upon the request for a service or emotional support animal.

Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Support role for Student Success and Human Resources and making reasonable accommodations to those with service or emotional support animals.

Resources:

Service and assistance animal policy

Animal research policy

Policy Contacts:

Name

Contact Information

Carlin Harp

314-446-8133

Rebecca Jones

 

Daniel Bauer

 

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