Service animal policy

Service animals are animals trained to assist people with disabilities in the activities of normal living. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of service animals is "...any...animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, altering individuals who are hearing impaired to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items." If an animal meets this definition, it is considered a service animal regardless of whether it has been licensed or certified by a state or local government or a training program.

The ADA and the University of Nevada, Reno policy allow service animals accompanying persons with disabilities to be on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. A service animal must be permitted to accompany a person with a disability everywhere on campus. This policy differentiates "service animals" from "emotional support animals" and "pets," describes types of service dogs, denotes campus locations that are off-limits to service animals and sets behavioral guidelines for services animals.