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Animal Policy 


Simpson College complies with all applicable laws regarding animals on campus, including the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act, and Iowa Code sections 216C.5, .10, and .11, and City of Indianola’s Code of Ordinances Chapters 55 and 56, the provisions of which are incorporated herein by this reference. This policy does not confer contractual rights, and Simpson College reserves the right to amend this policy at any time, with or without prior notice. Other than Approved Animals (as defined below), or fish in an aquarium of 10-gallons or less, pets and animals are not permitted in Simpson College facilities.


    Approved Animal – “Approved Animal” means:

    • A Service Animal (as defined below) 
    • An Emotional Support Animal (referred to herein as an “ESA”, as defined below) 
    • A Service-Animal-In-Training (as defined below) 
    • An animal whose Owner (as defined below) has obtained special permission from the Dean of Students (or designee) or Senior Vice President and Academic Dean (or designee) to bring an animal to campus for special events, educational purposes, etc.

    Disability – “Disability” means:

    • a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities.

    Owner – “Owner” means:

    • in the case of a Service Animal, the person for whom the Service Animal is doing work or performing tasks; 
    • in the case of an Emotional Support Animal, the person the animal is assisting; 
    • in the case of a Service-Animal-in-Training, the person providing the training while the animal is on Simpson College’s campus; 
    • in the case of all other Approved Animals, the person who brought the animal onto Simpson College’s campus.

    Service Animal – A “Service Animal” means:

    • A dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a Disability that are directly related to the individual’s disability (e.g., guide people who are blind, alert people who are deaf, pull a wheelchair, alert and protect a person who is having or is about to have a seizure, remind a person with a mental illness to take prescribed medications, alert individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance to individuals with mobility disabilities, helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or distractive behaviors, etc.). A service animal is not one that provides emotional support, well-being, comfort, companionship, or protection. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained, or untrained, are not service animals for purposes of this definition, except as described below. 
    • When reasonable, depending on the circumstances, a miniature horse that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities that are directly related to the individual’s disability. Miniature horses generally range in height from 24 inches to 34 inches measured to the shoulders and generally weigh between 70 and 100 pounds. In determining whether a miniature horse will be accommodated in the relevant areas of the College, the College will assess four factors: (1) whether the miniature horse is housebroken; (2) whether the miniature horse is under the owner’s control; (3) whether the facility can accommodate the miniature horse’s type, size, and weight; and (4) whether the miniature horse’s presence will not compromise legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operation of the College and its programs and facilities.

    Emotional Support Animal – “Emotional Support Animal” means:

    • An ESA is a companion animal that a medical professional has determined provides benefit for an individual with a disability. ESAs alleviate one or more identified effects of a person’s disability. The animal’s presence must have a nexus with the person’s disability.

    Service-Animal-in-Training – “Service-Animal-in-Training” means:

    • A dog or miniature horse in the process of being trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability that directly relates to the disability of the individual.