Policy 655 - Service Animals

Policy 655 - Service Animals

Lower Columbia College provides individuals with disabilities, who require the assistance of a service animal, with equal opportunity to access College property, courses, programs, and activities. This policy complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Washington Law against Discrimination Chapter 49.60 RCW.

655.1 Definitions

655.2 Where Service Animals are Allowed

Generally, handlers of service animals are permitted to be accompanied by their service animal in all areas of the College's facilities and programs where the handler is allowed to go. Such areas include public areas, public events, classrooms, and other areas where the College programs or activities are held. Limited exceptions for service animal access are noted in section 6 below.

655.3 Assessing Service Animal Status

655.4 Handler Responsibilities

655.5 Removal of Service Animals

College personnel may ask the handler to remove the service animal from college premises in these instances:

655.6 Restrictions on Access

Service animals are allowed to accompany their handler everywhere except for the following locations that would pose health, environmental, or safety risks:

  1. Teaching laboratories where the service animal's presence may pose a safety risk
  2. Mechanical Rooms
  3. Custodial closets
  4. Areas where protective clothing is necessary
  5. Medically sensitive patient and clinic areas where the service animal's presence may compromise a need for a sterile environment

If a service animal is restricted from certain areas, DAS is available to assist in determining reasonable accommodation for the handler. For example, if a student cannot bring their service animal to a lab class, they may be permitted to take an online lab option.

In accordance with RCW 49.60.218, only service animals that are dogs or miniature horses are permitted in college food establishments.

655.7 LCC Responsibilities

  1. Allow a service animal to accompany the handler at all times and everywhere on campus, except where service animals are specifically prohibited due to health, environmental, and safety hazards.
  2. Refrain from petting, feeding, or deliberately startling the service animal.
  3. Immediately report disruptive behavior of a service animal, ill health of a service animal, mistreatment of a service animal, and/or damage or injury caused by a service animal to Campus Security at (360) 442-2911. No attempt should be made to separate the handler from his/her service animal.
  4. If it is determined this policy has been violated by an owner of a service animal, depending on the seriousness of the animal's conduct or repeated conduct, service animals may be excluded from college property temporarily or permanently. This decision will be made following an investigation. If a service animal is excluded, DAS or HR offices are available to assist in evaluating reasonable accommodations for the owner.
    • Owners who violate this policy or disregard an instruction to remove or exclude a service animal from college property may be subject to additional penalties, including banning from any college property, assessment of the costs of injury or damage caused by the service animal, or other fines or penalties under applicable city, county, or state rules, regulations, or laws.
    • Violations of this policy by an owner who is an LCC student or employee may be referred for corrective or disciplinary action.
  5. Any questions regarding service animals and their handlers should be directed to Disability and Access Services at (360) 442-2340.

655.8 Conflicting Disabilities

An individual who experiences an allergic reaction to a service animal should contact Disability and Access Services (students) or Human Resources (employees) to request accommodations. The needs of both the individual with the service animal and individual with the allergy will be addressed to resolve the conflict as quickly as possible.

655.9 Grievance and Appeal Process

655.10 Contacts

Historic Information

  • Reviewed by Executive Leadership Team - August 31, 2020
  • Approved by Executive Leadership Team - November 14, 2018
  • Campus Review - October 19, 2018 - November 2, 2018
  • UMCC - October 16, 2018 & November 19, 2018
  • Governance Council - October 3, 2018 & November 7, 2018
  • Executive Leadership Team - August 20, 2018




Unit Responsibility

Procedure 655.1A

Service Animals in Training


WAC 110-300A-5170

Animals in Child Care Centers

Head Start/ELC

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