Working and Assistance Dogs

The University is a diverse community and takes its responsibilities for the welfare of all staff and students seriously.

In the interest of fairness to everyone, dogs and any other domestic animals, are not permitted in University buildings or grounds. The only exception to this rule is for assistance and working dogs.

For the purpose of this guidance the term assistance dogs refers to those which provide support to staff and students who have a recognised disability

Working dogs are those who may be brought onto campus for the purpose of providing a service to the University or as part of law enforcement.

Guidance

Where a student requests to bring an assistance dog into residence this must be agreed with the accommodation office.

Where a member of staff requests to bring an assistance dog to work, this must be agreed with the Head of Department.

In both instances the points below must be confirmed.

1. The University must be satisfied that

1.1. The requirement is legitimate [It may be necessary to acquire medical confirmation in some cases].

1.2. Suitable accommodation is or can be made available where this is necessary.

1.3. Consultation has taken place with other relevant stakeholders either for agreement or for awareness. This would include other residents, colleagues, other campus service providers and relevant Heads of Department.

1.4. The dog owner has been made aware of the terms and conditions under which the animal is permitted to be on site [section 2]

2. Responsibilities

Owners of Working Dogs

2.1. Must request permission from the University to bring their dog onto campus at the earliest opportunity.

2.2. Must ensure that their dog does not cause injury or harm, ill health, offense, nuisance, or distress to other members of the community.

2.3. Must ensure that their dog does not cause damage or introduce parasites to the university premises.

2.4. Must ensure that their dog is covered by full public liability insurance.

2.5. Must ensure that their dog does not roam freely throughout any University building or outside within the University Estate.

2.6. Must ensure that their dog is not left in cars on the campus or tied up outside university buildings.

2.7. Must ensure that their dog does not foul areas of campus.

2.8. Must ensure that their dog is only exercised in agreed areas.

2.9. Must ensure that their dog is identifiable as an assistance dog when carrying out its working role.

2.10. Must ensure that their dog is under their control at all times.

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