Last updated on September 23rd, 2021

Service Animals

Any student requesting to have a service animal on campus must contact the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services office, dosaa@sgu.edu. SAAS will assist in the approval process as students will need to carry a University permit identifying the service animal while on campus.

Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, sensing that an anxiety attack is about to happen and take a specific action to help avoid the attack for a person with PTSD, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals.

Emotional support animals that provide comfort just by being with a person is not a service animal because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task. It is important to note that animals that provide comfort may be identified by various other names such as a companion animal, assistance animal, comfort animal, or therapy animal. Unlike service animals, non-service animals are strictly prohibited in campus buildings and food service/eating.

Dogs under their owner’s control may use the open areas of Modica Hall and Belford Hall.

Service animals with the appropriate permit must be tethered at all times and not permitted to run loose while legally on campus.

It is the responsibility of the student entering Grenada with a service animal to comply with applicable Grenadian laws concerning registration and vaccination of the service animal.

SERVICE ANIMAL REGISTRATION

Service animals (dogs) must have prior notification and registration before being allowed inside on-campus housing or other campus buildings.  If you are a student requesting to have a service animal on-campus as a disability accommodation, please complete an application for services with the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services. If the disability is not apparent, medical documentation may be requested in order to determine eligibility.  Once the information has been received and reviewed, the director of SAAS will contact the student for a meeting to discuss further.

In the event that a service animal is approved, SGU’s Department of Public Safety and Security (DPS) will provide the student with a photo ID of the dog, as part of the registration process.  Carrying the ID is required while in buildings and must be made available to DPSS officers to explain the service dog’s presence and approval.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL (ESA)

Emotional support animals are not service animals and are strictly prohibited in campus buildings, food service and eating areas. Students with pets/ESA’s/Service Animals are eligible to live off-campus, but permission is required through the housing office and can be made through the Housing Application on the SGU portal.

Special Note: It is the responsibility of the student entering Grenada with any animal, including a service animal to comply with applicable Grenadian laws concerning registration and vaccination of the service animal.

NON-SERVICE ANIMALS

Non-service animals are strictly prohibited in campus buildings and food service and eating areas.

Dogs under their owner’s control MAY use the open areas of Modica Hall and Belford Hall.