Assistance Animals and Service Animals on Campus: Key Considerations and Navigating Difficult Issues in Accommodating Students

Assistance Animals and Service Animals on Campus: Key Considerations and Navigating Difficult Issues in Accommodating Students
April 25, 2019

The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of assistance animals and service animals on collegiate and K-12 campuses around the country. There is no shortage of legal issues related to these animals, and these issues reach almost every corner of campus. For instance, there may be conflicts between those who need assistance animals and service animals, and students who do not prefer their presence or have their own health-based reason, like allergies, legitimizing why they cannot be around a particular animal. Understanding these important issues will help ensure that institutions are inclusive while avoiding litigation and government-enforcement actions.  

Like all disability-related inquiries, evaluating requests for assistance animals and service animals requires careful consideration based on seemingly flexible legal principles. There are few hard-and-fast rules in this area of the law, which can make administrators’ jobs all the more challenging.

In this webinar, we hope to help administrators and their in-house legal counsel ease the challenges concerning assistance animals and service animals—particularly as they relate to students. This webinar will answer the following key questions, among others:

  • How much discretion does my institution have in limiting, or even prohibiting, assistance animals or service animals?
  • What are some tips and best practices related to processing and evaluating requests for assistance animals and service animals while ensuring compliance with the law?
  • What about students who are allergic to or fearful of another student’s assistance animal or service animal?  Are their rights protected?

Please join us for this one-hour educational webinar on April 25.  We look forward to seeing you.

Date: April 25, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Virtual Webinar; Webinar access information will be shared with registered attendees prior to the program.
Presenter: Cory Winter
Hosted by: Higher Education & K-12 Schools Practices
RSVP: To RSVP, please click the registration button
Questions: Please contact Erin Plawecki at 215-972-7719 or erin.plawecki@saul.com

CLE Information
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for one hour of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and zero hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for one hour of total CLE credit.  Of these, zero qualifies as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism, and zero qualifies as hours of credit toward certification in civil trial law, criminal trial law, workers compensation law, municipal court law, and/or matrimonial law.
(Reminder:  New York recognizes New Jersey as an "approved jurisdiction" and will honor those credits.)

This program has been approved by the Commission on Continuing Legal Education for the State of Delaware for 1 credits, including zero Enhanced Ethics credits.

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for one hour of General MCLE credit and zero hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.

This program has been approved for one hour of Continuing Legal Education credit in the State of Florida.

Upon request, we will provide you with the necessary presentation materials to pursue individual CLE credit for states not listed above.

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