Learn sound guidelines for managing assistance animals on campus.
Learn how to develop an assistance animal compliance policy that is appropriate for your institution. With the help of our instructors’ institutional and legal expertise, you will learn the fundamentals of addressing individual requests for assistance animals through structured policies and procedures. This webcast will help you avoid legal liability and subsequent lawsuits under the Fair Housing Act.
Registration for this online training will include resources for you to reference as you develop an assistance animal policy for your institution. These resources include:
- Sample policies
- Policy checklist
- A case law primer
Bring Your Student Affairs Team Together
This online training is appropriate for higher education professionals responsible for approving and managing requests and accommodations for assistance animals, including: disability services, housing and residence life, student affairs leadership, facilities management, and legal counsel.
- Why Are We Talking about Assistance Animals?
- Definitions: Assistance animals vs. service animals vs. emotional support animal
- Fair Housing Act vs. Americans with Disabilities Act
- Assistance Animal Myths Debunked
- WHAT can you ask about the animal?
- WHO needs to be involved?
- WHERE are they permitted on campus?
- HOW should you communicate their presence to the campus community?
- Policy Checklist
- Begin with the target implementation date, and assemble the stakeholders
- Start the archaeological dig and construct the policy
- Consider assignment processes and construct your process flowchart
- Plan for likely issues, and gain approval for your policy
- Execute training and communications
- Final Q&A
Kathy Bush Hobgood
Kathy has served students in many roles—starting as a hall council leader and resident assistant through to her current position. Her responsibilities include ensuring that the on-campus living environment promotes the academic success and personal growth of its students. Within that role she has the opportunity to work with academic and student affairs partners on Clemson’s nationally recognized living-learning communities. Prior to her tenure at Clemson, Kathy held positions at the University of Florida and Albion College.
Kathy’s special interests include mentoring, deconstructing student learning, and conducting research and presenting on the subject of professional development. Passionate about service to our professional associations, she has held positions on the Executive Boards of state, regional, national and international Associations, including ACUHO-I.
Ellen has recently joined the University of Chicago's Office of Legal Counsel as Assistant General Counsel. Before joining the University of Chicago, Ellen was an associate at the law firm of Franczek Radelet, P.C., where she focused a majority of her practice on representing and counseling higher education institutions in a wide variety of areas, including employment and tenure matters, student affairs, institutional policies, and legal compliance. Prior to working at Franczek Radelet, Ellen was a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at DePaul University.
Ellen is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).
Live Webcast Registration + Digital Recording
- Access to the live webcast: Invite your team!
- Links to all presentation materials and resources
- Permanent digital recording of the live webcast
Questions About the Event?
Online Training Manager, Academic Impressions