Service Animals


This page describes the procedures for the use of service animals by students and employees on the St. Thomas Aquinas College campus. St. Thomas Aquinas College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in allowing use of service animals for students, staff, and visitors. 


Service Animal: "A service animal as per the ADA is defined 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. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual's disability. Examples of work or tasks 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. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.”


For an individual qualifying to have a service animal on campus:



College Community:

The proper way to determine that an animal is a service animal is to ask the owner if the animal is required because of a disability.  If the animal is required due to a disability, only two questions can be asked:

The College community:

An individual with a disability cannot be asked to remove their service animal from the campus unless:

St. Thomas Aquinas College:

The College may prohibit the use of service animals in certain locations due to health and safety restrictions or places where the animal might be in danger. Restricted areas may include but are not limited to food preparation areas, research laboratories, boiler rooms, and other areas prohibited by law. 

Disability Services:

Students who intend to bring a service animal to campus should contact Anne Schlinck - Director,  Disability Services at [email protected] as soon as possible. Disability Services is located in Spellman Hall, Room 109.