Graduate Catalog

Service Animals

At Gallaudet University, a service animal is defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.

Owners of service animals must formally register the animal with the Service Animal Evaluator ( at least thirty (30) days prior to arriving on campus to allow for processing and clearance.

Gallaudet's policy on service animals can be found at this link: