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Reasonable or Unreasonable Accommodations : Obligations of Post-Secondary Institutions to Allow Service and Therapy Animals (EDUO52W)

Presented by: James P. Evans
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Understand Your Institution's Obligation to Allow Service Animals as a Reasonable Accommodation of the Disability of a Student or Employee

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and a number of state civil rights statutes, post-secondary educational institutions are required to allow disabled students and employees to utilize service animals. However, such animals should be reasonably accommodated only if it allows a student access to the educational programs or other activities of the school or permits an employee to perform his/her job duties.

The introduction of animals into the work and educational environments pose a number of liability and other considerations that schools must take into account when developing policies in this regard and deciding whether such accommodations are eligible to be considered as reasonable accommodations. In this webinar, our expert speaker James P. Evans will help participants identify those issues, reason through them, and develop effective responses in such situations.

Session Highlights

  • Understand the extent of a school's obligation to allow students or employees to use service animals.
  • Learn how to balance competing concerns and issues that arise from the use of service animals.
  • Get an overview of how courts and enforcement agencies have ruled on issues concerning use of service animals – particularly in educational institutions.
  • Comprehend the guidance provided by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, courts, and other enforcing agencies concerning such issues.
  • Learn how to develop and implement effective cost management measures for the use of service animals.

Benefits of the Session

This webinar will provide school administrators and personnel with pragmatic and useful information on:

  • Their institution's obligation to permit the use of service animals as a reasonable accommodation of the disability of a student or employee.
  • How to effectively manage competing concerns and issues relative to the use of service animals, including safety concerns, conflicting needs of other students or employees, liability issues, etc.
  • Best practices or documenting efforts to provide opportunities for disabled students in extracurricular and athletic activities and how to respond to inquiries concerning institution's efforts in this regard.

Who should attend

  • Administrators and school officers responsible for ensuring compliance with Section 504, the ADA and similar laws.
  • Personnel from athletic departments of educational institutions.
  • Advocates for disabled students.
  • Administrators of educational institutions
  • Directors and managers of student housing
  • Student affairs professionals
  • EEO/ADA coordinators and educational institution compliance managers
  • Building and facility management professionals
  • Public safety officers and campus security personnel
  • Risk management officers for educational institutions
  • Attorneys representing educational institutions
  • Resident Directors
  • Building Directors
  • Housing and residence life
  • Off-On Campus Housing Coordinators
  • Student Life
  • HR Professionals
About Our Speaker(s)

James P. Evans | Educational Law SpeakerJames P. Evans
James P. Evans has significant experience advising and representing educational institutions, including public and private elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary institutions.  As a Partner with Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, he provides educational institutions with advice and representation on issues inclu... More info

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