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Service Animals in Training Notification Process

The University recognizes the importance of Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). While Service Animals in training are not recognized under the ADAAA, Utah State Law (§62A-5b-104) provides those same rights of access for individuals who are training Service Animals. Because Utah State Law does not clarify further its use of the term “in training,” University Housing, has established a definition based on accepted practices suggested by Assistance Dogs International (ADI). A service-dog-in-training is a dog, accompanied by its trainer, that is undergoing individual training to provide specific disability-related work or service for an individual with a disability. This does not include obedience training or socialization of puppies who may later become Service Animals (generally 12-18 months). Thus, adult dogs are recognized as being “in training” to provide disability-specific assistance only after they have completed an earlier period of socialization (obedience training, being house broken, getting acclimated to public places and every day activities as pets).

Students who are training Service Animals and who wish to bring those dogs into University Housing must register those dogs with the Disability Resource Center so that appropriate arrangements regarding placement, roommates, etc. may be made and all appropriate rules regarding expectations/behavior of the animal while on campus can be reviewed. Trainers will also be asked to provide information that allows the University to determine that the dog is indeed being trained as a Service Animal. Service dogs in training and their handlers will be expected to adhere to all of the requirements for Service Animals as outlined in this handbook.

Residents of USU Housing who plan on living with their Service Animal in Training must provide the following.