Mar 04, 2021  

Student Affairs

05:17:00 Animals on Campus
  1. Purpose
    1. Establishment of a consistent policy regarding the presence of animals on Chattanooga State main campus and satellite sites.
  2. Definitions
    1. Service Animal - A dog or miniature horse as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), and/or the federal regulations related to those laws. The service animal must have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a qualifying disability as defined by the Acts. The work or task(s) performed by the service animal must be directly related to the person's disability. Service animals are working animals, not pets.
    2. Service Animals in Training - A dog or miniature horse in the process of being trained as a service animal as defined by T.C.A. § 62-7-112.  The dog guide trainer shall present for inspection credentials issued by an accredited school for training dog guides.
    3. Comfort/Emotional Support Animal - An animal, that is not a service animal as defined above, utilized to provide comfort, emotional support, or other companionship related presence.
  3. General Policy/Guideline
    1. Animals are not permitted in the facilities, buildings, or outdoor properties owned, operated, and/or controlled by Chattanooga State Community College unless specifically permitted pursuant to this policy.
  4. Service Animals 
    1. Service animals are permitted in all areas of Chattanooga State's main campus and satellite sites where its owner, the person being assisted by the service animal and/or the public are permitted to enter or occupy.
      1. The presence of the service animal is subject to the following conditions:
        1. The service animal is properly groomed to be free of fleas, other insects, pests, or offensive/disruptive odors.
        2. The owner/keeper collects and properly disposes of waste by placing it in outdoor trash receptacles.
        3. The service animal is housebroken.
        4. The service animal is healthy and creates no danger of infection, transmission of disease, or other unreasonable health risk.
        5. The service animal is adequately controlled and does not disrupt the learning environment or present a threat to health and safety of persons or property.
        6. The service animal must be harnessed, leashed or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the individual's disability prevents using these devices.
      2. A service animal cannot be excluded from the premises unless it is non-compliant with one or more of the criteria set forth above in this section.
    2. If a service animal's behavior or presence is disruptive, destructive, or non-compliant with the requirements set forth in sub-section IV. A. 1. above, the owner/user will be required to take appropriate action to bring the animal under control, correct the non-compliant condition, or remove the animal from campus. Repeated violation of these requirements or refusal to comply with reasonable instruction to correct non-compliance may result in disciplinary action.
  5. Service Animal Inquiries 
    1. Faculty/Staff are not permitted to challenge the presence of a service animal on campus by inquiring about the owner/user's disability, requiring medical documentation, a special identification card or training documentation for the animal, or ask that the animal demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.
    2. When it is not obvious that an animal is a service animal and/or what service the animal provides, a limited inquiry is permitted under federal regulations. College personnel may ask two (2) questions:
      1. Is the service animal required because of a disability, and
      2. What disability-related service has the animal been trained to provide?
    3. If Faculty/Staff/Students believe that an animal is not a service animal or that the owner/user has answered the permitted questions in a manner that indicates the animal is not a qualified service animal, the individual(s) may not take direct action to prohibit the animal's presence, but should communicate the concern to: 
      1. Campus Police,
      2. Disabilities Support Services,
      3. Human Resources Department, or
      4. College Administrator.
    4. Faculty/Staff may take immediate action to mitigate a disruption to the learning environment or a health/safety threat but may not permanently exclude a service animal from campus. Any disruption or threat should instead be reported to the designated official(s) for a determination regarding further action.
    5. Service animals are not required to exhibit any identification or register its status as a service animal with an institution.
    6. Chattanooga State Disabilities Support Services maintains a voluntary registry for service animals that may be used in specific instances of emergency or incident response.
    7. When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, staff must offer the person with the disability an alternative accommodation.
    8. Service Animals in Training are permitted on Chattanooga State's main campus and satellite sites to the same extent as Service Animals, subject to the requirements of T.C.A. § 62-7-112 and this policy.
    9. The provisions regarding service animals and service animals in training shall be applicable to all employees at Chattanooga State as well as members of our community, as well as all other individuals present at any Chattanooga State campus, site or facility.
  6. Comfort/Emotional Support Animals
    1. Comfort/Emotional Support Animals, or any other non-service animals, are not permitted on Chattanooga State campus, its sites or in any of its facilities.
  7. Exceptions to the General Prohibitions
    1. Animals present on campus in connection with a classroom demonstration, research, or other official bona fide academic purpose, approved by the President or designee, as appropriate.
    2. Outdoor areas of the campus, site or facility designated by institutional policy.
    3. Animals present for official law enforcement or other lawful government purpose.
    4. By permission of the President or designee for special events or performances.
    5. As an accommodation under the ADA.
  8. Miscellaneous

    1. Wild or exotic animals:

      1. Wild or exotic animals are prohibited unless permitted separately pursuant to Tennessee law, the rules of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency or other appropriate state/federal authority.

      2. Owners/Handlers of any animal at a Chattanooga State site are responsible for compliance with all state/local laws/ordinances regarding licensing and public health related vaccination requirements.

      3. Animals not in compliance with applicable laws/ordinances will be removed from the site.

  9. Santions/Remedies for Failure to Comply

    1. Unattended or unrestrained animals will be removed from the site by a local animal control service.

    2. Individuals (students, employees, visitors/guests) who bring non-service or other non-exempt animals into the buildings or outdoor areas at a Chattanooga State site, in violation of this and/or institution policy will be directed to remove them and may be subject to disciplinary or law enforcement action.

    3. Damage to property that is a direct result of an animal brought to a Chattanooga State site will be the financial responsibility of the individual bringing the animal to campus.


Source(s): Adapted from TBR Policy Animals on Tennessee Board of Regents Campuses.

Submitted to Policy Review Committee on February 10, 2020

Submitted to Policy Review Board on March 6, 2020

Approved by Policy Review Board on April 8, 2020


See Previous Version(s):

Reviewed and Revised by Student Affairs, 03/27/09

Approved by Executive Staff, President's Cabinet, and President, May 20, 2009

T.C.A. § 49-8-203; T.C.A. § 62-7-112; All Federal, State, and Local statutes, codes, ordinances, rules or regulations relative to this policy.


Adapted from TBR Policy Animals on Tennessee Board of Regents Campuses.

T.C.A. § 49-8-203; T.C.A. § 62-7-112; All Federal, State, and Local statutes, codes, ordinances, rules or regulations relative to this policy.