|Pets on Campus
It is Hillcrest’s policy to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees and visitors. In accordance with this, pets are prohibited from all Hillcrest program sites with the exception of licensed/registered service and/or therapy animals.
“Service Animals” refers to animals (primarily dogs) used to guide or provide assistance to persons with disabilities in the activities of independent living. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines service animals as any animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. If an animal meets this broad definition, it is considered a service animal.
Applying The Policy
This policy provides for the health and safety of students, employees and visitors by restricting animals at our programs/campuses as follows: Unauthorized animals are not permitted at any program/campus site, including the parking lots and grounds.
- Employees and visitors are reminded that bringing a pet and leaving them in a car is neither appropriate, nor safe and is prohibited.
- In order to accommodate individuals with disabilities, service animals are permitted to assist the individual who is disabled.
- All individuals including staff and students are reminded not to touch, feed or pet a service or therapy animal when the animal is working as it potentially distracts the animal from the task at hand.
- It is the animal owner’s responsibility to ensure that animals are promptly cleaned up after.