Federal law requires that the University of Georgia accommodate individuals with disabilities who require the use of a service animal. This includes allowing such individuals to be accompanied by their service animals in all areas of the University of Georgia where the public is normally allowed to go.
Federal law defines “service animal” as “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.”
The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the disabled individual’s disability. Examples of work or tasks performed by service animals include, but are not limited to:
- Assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks;
- Alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds;
- Providing non-violent protection or rescue work;
- Pulling a wheelchair;
- Assisting an individual during a seizure;
- Alerting individuals to the presence of allergens;
- Retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone;
- Providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities; and
- Helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.
Georgia state law also extends the right to equal public accommodation to dogs in training to be service animals.
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To request information or clarification regarding the Service Animal Policy or to report a Service Animal violation, please complete a Service Animal Report & Request Form.