This article gives information and guidance to students on the use of Assistance Dogs on the campus at the University of Portsmouth.
The University of Portsmouth does not allow students to bring animals on campus, or within any of its leased property including sports facilities. Animals are not allowed within the working environment of the University, nor in the Halls of Residence or any other University residential accommodation.
The exceptions to this Policy are Assistance Dogs which are required to provide reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010 for staff or students with disabilities. Assistance dogs are usually those dogs classed as guide, hearing, service, medical alert or seizure dogs. They are allowed on campus under the strict control of their owner. Assistance dogs are working animals performing tasks to support their owner and are not pets.
These dogs are approved as part of an individual’s treatment for physical or mental health conditions. The aim of this therapy is to improve an individual’s emotional or cognitive functioning but unlike an Assistance Dog, does not support their owner’s mobility, or daily tasks. Therefore they are not required to accompany a person on campus. The University has a Student Wellbeing Service for students who can offer referral for emotional and cognitive support. However, if the University is asked to consider access for a Therapy dog, then this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evacuation Procedures and Access
In the event of an emergency, the owner of an Assistance Dog will have established who is responsible for evacuating the Assistance Dog from any building. This is determined in accordance with the Health and Safety Regulations and their academic department.
Assistance Dog owners will ensure that their dogs do not cause harm, injury or damage to others or University property.
Assistance dog owners must acknowledge any access restrictions based on the grounds of Health and Safety. They must ensure that the assistance dogs do not enter staff and students’ private spaces eg. Halls accommodation, without permission.
The University community should respect that these are working animals. Staff and students of the University should not approach these dogs whilst they are working. Nor should the animals be deliberately frightened or distracted from their purpose. When you meet an Assistance dog and its owner, you should not pet or feed the animal but you may wish to speak with their owner.
AD (UK) Member Organisations
Assistance in Disability Dogs (AID)
Dogs for Good
Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
Medical Detection Dogs
The Seeing Dogs Alliance