Service Animals at Pierce College Facilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities may bring their service animals into all Pierce College facilities.

A service animal is defined as "any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability." Under the law, a service animal is not considered a pet.

The health and safety of other students, faculty and staff may also be taken into consideration. Every attempt will be made to insure that neither the student with a service animal or others on campus will be negatively impacted by the presence of the animal in class or other areas on campus. A service animal may be excluded from the college's premises or specific areas of the college if:

  1. The animal is out of control and the owner does not take effective action to control it, OR
  2. The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

Although the college may exclude a service animal that is out of control or a direct threat to the health and safety of others, the individual with a disability who uses the service animal will be given the option of continuing to utilize or participate in college services without having the service animal on the premises.

The care and supervision of a service animal is solely the responsibility of his or her owner. Proof of vaccination may be required in accordance with state and local laws.


Approved 2003-11-12