The Department of Justice’s administrative rules for Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act does not recognize service animals in training. Under ADA, service animals in training are treated the same as pets and should only go to pet-friendly locations.
However, many states grant service animals in training, with conditions, the same public access rights as a fully trained service animal. Under state law, in Pennsylvania, service animal trainers may train their own animals and be allowed to have public access. Animals may be asked to leave a facility if their behaviors are not appropriate.
According to https://www.servicedogcertifications.org/service-dog-requirements/ (2022); The same rules apply as above for service animals in training:
- A person is eligible for a service dog if they have a physical, emotional or mental disability
- A service dog must always be well mannered (No sniffing, jumping, begging for food, etc.)
- A service dog must be trained to perform specific tasks that aid in a disability
- If it is not obvious what service the dog provides, the handler must be willing to answer two questions about their service dog. (Is this dog required for a disability? AND What tasks is this animal trained to perform?)
- Optionally, it can help service dogs to be clearly identified with accessories.
Under PA law a person is guilty of a summary offense if he, being the proprietor, manager or employee of a theatre, hotel, restaurant or other place of public accommodation, entertainment or amusement, refuses, withholds or denies any person, who is using a guide, signal or service dog or other aid animal that has been certified by a recognized authority to assist a person, because of the physical disability, blindness or deafness of the user, or who is training a guide, signal or support dog or other aid animal for or from a recognized authority for such a user, the use of or access to any accommodation, advantage, facility or privilege of such theatre, hotel, restaurant or other place of public entertainment or amusement. (Source 2017: PA CS 18 § 7325)
Students are strongly urged to arrange a meeting with the Office of Disability Services to connect with appropriate resources.
- The Office of Disability Services may be contacted by phone (724)738-4877 or by email. firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information related to Service Animals can be found on the ADA website ADA Service Animal Information
- If you have questions, would like assistance planning for a Service Animal on campus, or have a concern about your treatment and access when accompanied by your Service Animal contact the Office of Disability Services at email@example.com, or by calling the central office line at (724) 738-4877. Please indicate you are calling to request a meeting regarding your Service Animal.
Students trying to misrepresent a pet or ESA as a service animal in training or a trained service animal are committing fraud and will be referred to the conduct process either through Residence Life or Student Conduct.