Service Animals

"Service animal means 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 handler´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." -Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments 2010

Service animals must be permitted to accompany a person with a disability everywhere on campus or off campus as the activity (internship, field work) pertains to the curriculum.


A public entity shall not ask about the nature or extent of a person's disability, but may make two inquiries to determine whether an animal qualifies as a service animal. A public entity may ask if the animal is required because of a disability and what work or task the animal has been trained to perform. A public entity shall not require documentation, such as proof that the animal has been certified, trained, or licensed as a service animal. Generally, a public entity may not make these inquiries about a service animal when it is readily apparent that an animal is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. 

Requirements of service animals and their handlers

  • Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated in accordance with county* regulations.
  • Animals must be in good health.
  • Animals must be on a leash or harness at all times.
  • The handler must be in full control of the animal at all times.
  • The handler must treat the animal in a humane manner.

* Animals can be licensed by students' county of residence.

Since CSU, Chico prohibits animals on campus, students who use a service animal are encouraged to sign the Service Animal Agreement (docx) available at the Accessibility Resource Center, and provide an ARC accommodation form to instructors.