Service and Assistance Animal Policy & Procedure

It is the policy of Wayland Baptist University to provide equal access and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in any program, service, or opportunity provided by the campus; and to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), the Fair Housing Act, and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Under the Fair Housing Act, persons with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation of an assistance animal, including an emotional support animal in housing when its use is necessary to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling. With respect to a request for an assistance or emotional support animal, Wayland Baptist University will determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether such an animal is a reasonable accommodation on campus.

All Service and Assistance Animal requests must be submitted to the Disability Services Office located in Van Howeling Education Complex, Room 109, Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, TX.  After DSO has approved the accommodation of a Service or Assistance Animal, the student is responsible for submitting the approval to Student Housing along with any other required documentation.

For questions, contact Ryiann Araujo, Disability Services Coordinator, and Academic Coach.

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Standards for Approved Service or Emotional Support Animals

Approval will be granted for one emotional support animal.

Animals must be at least 6 months in age or older.

Restrictions on animal sizes are considered on a case-by-case basis.

All approved service or assistance animals must comply with applicable laws regarding animals. Service and/or Assistance animal owners must follow all city ordinances, regarding the treatment and care of their animal and must also meet the following standards: