Service Animals

Guidelines for Service and Assistance Animals on TVCC Campus

Definitions of a Service or Assistance Animal

Service Animal

A service animal is defined as any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Examples might include pulling a wheelchair, assisting during a seizure, alerting to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability, and preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities may use service animals in any public area unless doing so would pose a danger to the health or safety of others or cause undue burden.

Assistance Animal

An assistance animal is defined as any animal with a primary role of providing a person with a disability emotional comfort. These animals are not required to undergo specialized training. Assistance animals are not the same as service animals in that they are not individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Assistance animals are not allowed in buildings with the exception being the dorm. A request to have an assistance animal in the dorm on campus is considered a request for accommodations and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Expectations, Rights, and Responsibilities Related to the Use of Animals on Campus:

Care and Supervision

The animal will be the full responsibility of the individual with a disability, and the owner must be consistently in control of the animal. If the animal is not under control or poses a risk to the health or safety of others, then the individual may be asked to remove the animal.

  • Service or Assistance Animals may not be left in any TVCC area to be cared for by another student or person.
  • Service and assistance animals must be harnessed, leashed, tethered or in an animal carrier at all times, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. Exceptions may be granted in an emergency situation, when the animal needs to perform a task requiring it to travel beyond the length of the restraint, or when the owner is unable to retain an animal on a leash due to a disability.
  • The owner is responsible for removing or arranging for the removal of the animal’s waste. This will result in placing the waste in a closed container and then removing the container to an outdoor trash bin.
  • Individuals may be responsible for any damage that is caused by their animals.


According to Oregon and Idaho law, any animal that has reached a proper level of maturity must be licensed and must display a license on its collar at all times.

It is the student’s responsibility to know and understand these ordinances, laws, and regulations.


Animals on campus must have an annual clean bill of health (including vaccinations and immunity shots against rabies and/or other diseases common to the type of animal) that is signed by a licensed veterinarian. A valid vaccination tag must be worn by the animal at all times. Owners need to make sure that the animal is kept as clean as possible. Regular bathing/grooming and pest control measures also need to be performed by the owner.

Exclusion of a service or assistance animal

Reasons for consideration of exclusion of a service or assistance animal:

TVCC may pursue the process for determining if a service or assistance animal should be excluded from campus for the following reasons:

  • The animal is not under the direct physical control of the owner
  • The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others
  • The animal’s presence would result in substantial property damage to the property of others, including, but not limited to TVCC property
  • The animal’s presence results in a fundamental alteration of a TVCC program
  • The animal or its presence creates an unmanageable disturbance or interference with the TVCC community.