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ESA and Service Animal KPC meeting - Shared screen with gallery view
Elisa Laird
18:00
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Elisa Laird
24:58
I'll post the link to the Zoom after the meeting and George will disseminate it. :)
Jericha Hopson DRT
31:52
I agree Tracey!
cwerkheiser
36:07
Great feedback!
Jericha Hopson DRT
40:09
Texas provides all the same protections to them
Jericha Hopson DRT
41:14
We also refer to the student code of conduct if there are behavior issues
Forman, Tracey A
41:18
State of Texas recognizes Service Animals in Training to have access to the same areas as trained service animals as long as they are accompanied by "an approved trainer".There is no state guideance on what an approver trainer is.
Forman, Tracey A
42:11
State of Texas Code Sec.121.003 (i) A service animal in training shall not be denied admittance to any public facility when accompanied by an approved trainer.
Jericha Hopson DRT
47:07
An ESA is NOT a service animal
Forman, Tracey A
47:49
Our ESA FAQ page:https://disability.tamu.edu/faq/esas/
Jericha Hopson DRT
48:40
We have the same issue Laura
Jericha Hopson DRT
49:58
I saw that look Tracey :)
Jericha Hopson DRT
51:47
Jane Jarrow is an AMAZING resource for animals on campus
Forman, Tracey A
52:17
When I talk to students about expected behavior for public access I like to refer student's to this resource:https://www.iaadp.org/iaadp-minimum-training-standards-for-public-access.html
cwerkheiser
54:18
How do we handle the other side of things with students who have severe pet allergies, and are affected by ESA's in the dorms and common spaces?
Brenda W
55:18
As cwerkheiser asked…student requesting promise of no esa…
Jericha Hopson DRT
55:48
We do not allow ESAs in the classrooms or other academic buildings
Jericha Hopson DRT
55:54
the residence only
Brenda W
56:24
Issue of common washer and dryers and pet fur allergies
Jericha Hopson DRT
56:55
I would say disability trumps the allergies in many cases
Jericha Hopson DRT
57:51
we have "service animals" get into fight with other "service animals"
pjost
57:52
We do not allow ESAs in any area other than the residence.
Brenda W
58:01
Allergies that rise to level of disability as per metrics would be equal
Douglas Stoll (Heidelberg University, He/They)
59:12
We consider an animal allergy a disability under the "social construction" model, as students are potentially required to live in close quarters with an animal in residence, and as such consider both students to have civil rights that must be upheld. We then go through the same interactive process as all students and have in fact approved housing accommodations to reasonably minimize exposure. We are a small school and have only had to do this once. =)
Jericha Hopson DRT
01:00:05
Yes yes! the interactive process is the key to all of our decisions!
Forman, Tracey A
01:01:09
I agree with Douglas we have to consider both needs for allergies and service animal needs. We first work to see if a mutually agreeable solution can be found.
cwerkheiser
01:02:31
Thank you all!
Douglas Stoll (Heidelberg University, He/They)
01:03:19
Students sign a policy review and contract that states they are financially responsible for damage to the room.
Jericha Hopson DRT
01:04:24
Would you mind sharing that Douglas?
Douglas Stoll (Heidelberg University, He/They)
01:06:39
Uh, I am in the middle of reviewing it and updating it for the upcoming year as I've found some of the language to be outdated, so caveat emptor! Yes I am happy to share it, we borrowed most of the text from Wright State University. I'll upload that shortly.
Jericha Hopson DRT
01:07:37
Thank you! I have found that kind of resource sharing to be extremely helpful. No need to reinvent the wheel if we don't have to :)
Forman, Tracey A
01:08:25
I would be careful to say we "never" allow ESA in classes. While generally ESAs are not allowed outside the residential area and places that other pets are allowed, we still need to review and make specific decisions about request for ESAs to go to class.It is rare that we have approved this, but we have approved this a few times after a case-by-case review of a specific situation for a specific class.
Jericha Hopson DRT
01:08:41
We have a documentation packet
Jericha Hopson DRT
01:09:02
I try to avoid speaking in absolutes altogether
pjost
01:11:10
Thank you Douglas, we have a policy in place but I always want to review what other colleges and universities have to ensure that we are current. :)
cwerkheiser
01:13:43
Amber, can you please provide that document?
Jericha Hopson DRT
01:13:46
I think i found your form https://www.wooster.edu/offices/learning/_files/disability-information-verification.pdf
Laurie Scinicariello
01:14:22
Do other universities inform the campus' public safety of esa and service animals?
Jericha Hopson DRT
01:15:25
No problem!
Tiffany O'Neal
01:15:27
Amber can you please provide the name and info. the course you were speaking of?
Tiffany O'Neal
01:15:40
Was it Jamie Jarvis you said?
Amber DeBeer Larson (Wooster)
01:15:43
Janie Jarrow - DAIS
Jericha Hopson DRT
01:15:52
Jane JarrowDisability Access Information and Support (DAIS)JaneJarrow@aol.com
Tiffany O'Neal
01:16:09
Thank you both
Forman, Tracey A
01:16:45
Sorry, but I have to go to my next appointment.
Douglas Stoll (Heidelberg University, He/They)
01:16:52
Jane makes her document templates available through the AHEAD forums as well, and I've found them useful when seeking follow-up information from providers.
Tiffany O'Neal
01:17:57
THANKS ALL!
krhen
01:18:07
thank you!
Marc Lazar (he/him) - Caltech
01:18:30
Thank you so much, George, Amber and everyone!