Service Animals in Training are not permitted in any residential facilities at the University of Lynchburg.
Handlers who wish to bring Service Animals in Training in other University facilities must adhere to the following regulations:
- Trainers who are training service dogs for a legitimate organization/agency and who wish to bring those dogs into University of Lynchburg facilities must seek approval from the from the Accessibility and Disability Resources Coordinator, before entering facilities.
- Generally only adult dogs are recognized as being “in training” to provide disability-specific assistance, and only after they have completed an earlier period of socialization (obedience training, being house broken, acclimation to public places and every day activities as pets).
- Dogs/puppies in obedience training and socialization of puppies who later may become a service dog in training are not considered Service Dogs in Training. Generally, Service Dogs in Training are 18-24 months of age when they begin Service Dog Training. University of Lynchburg will not consider dogs younger than 12 months of age as Service Dogs in Training.
- A Service Dog in Training may be any breed or size.
- The Service Dog in Training must be accompanied by a person who is an experienced Trainer of service dogs from a legitimate service animal training agency/organization. Documentation for the Trainer and the Service Dog in Training will be required from the Service Dog organization/agency as part of this process.
- The Service Dog in Training must wear a harness, backpack or vest, which must:
- be clearly and visibly identify the accredited service dog agency/organization;
- specify the dog is a Service Dog in Training;
- be worn at all times.