1. Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals and Your Institution's Legal Obligations to Accommodate

Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals and Your Institution's Legal Obligations to Accommodate

Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals and Your Institution's Legal Obligations to Accommodate
Event ID: 72024
Session ID: 14838

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq., managing director of K&C HR Enterprises and legal counsel at Rider University
Price: $299.00 On-Demand. The On-Demand option may be viewed by an unlimited number of attendees in one room and includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, faculty, staff, higher education counsel
Best For: Higher education

From a visually-impaired student requiring a Seeing-Eye dog, to a student with a documented stress disorder needing to take his or her comfort animal to class, when it comes to accommodations for students with service animals, colleges must take into consider a range of laws and regulations. You may not realize that this even includes the Americans with Disabilities Act; the federal Fair Housing Act; EEOC, DOE and DOJ regulations and guidance... as well as state and local laws, ordinances and regulations. Predictably, the judiciary also is weighing in: for example, court cases under the Fair Housing Act have challenged how some institutions of higher education have handled student requests. As the prevalence of these requests grows and the types of such requests increasingly vary, colleges and universities should now reconsider their policies and protocols related to service and support animals on campus, in an effort to comply with the law.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera for a webinar that will lay out the current laws regarding service and comfort animals on campus; what these legal requirements mean for you; what you should have in your service and comfort animal policies; and what documentation ought to be required of students requesting accommodations.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • How the ADA, Section 504 and the Fair Housing Act impact the ability of students and employees to bring animals on campus.
  • How to develop effective Service and Assistance Animal policies and how to communicate these policies to employees and students alike.
  • How to understand the legal and practical distinctions between service animals and comfort (aka support) animals.
  • How to design and deliver training for critical populations on campus such as public safety/security officers, residence life teams, and faculty members.
  • How to identify the legal limits to the use of service and comfort animals and the responsibilities your institution may place on those who require such animals.



Your conference leader for "Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals and Your Institution's Legal Obligations to Accommodate" is Dr. James Ottavio Castagnera, Esq. Jim holds a JD and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University. He was a labor, employment, and intellectual property lawyer at the Philadelphia law firm of Saul Ewing for ten years before joining Rider University as associate provost and legal counsel for academic affairs. His portfolio in that capacity has included regulatory compliance and research integrity; labor relations, litigation management, and dispute resolution; human subjects research, animal facilities, and lab safety; international faculty and student issues; services to students with disabilities; academic-program development, and academic governance matters. His publications include 21 books, mostly on education and employment topics. He teaches human-resource compliance courses online for Drexel University’s law school and is the chief consultant for his company, K&C HR Enterprises/Holland Media Services.


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