Service Animal Policy

Swarthmore College welcomes service animals on campus.  The United States Department of Justice has created a helpful brief about Service Animals in public and private settings.  Please visit the link at U.S. Department of Justice ADA publication on Service Animals to learn more. The Student Disability Service is happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact Director of Student Disability Services Leslie Hempling at or 610-690-5014.

5 Tips: When You Meet a Seeing Eye® Dog

Always remember, distracting a Seeing Eye dog can make its owner vulnerable to harm. *These tips also apply with other types of service animals.

  1. Do not call the dog's name, make eye contact, feed or talk to the dog. It's always best to treat the dog as if he is not there.
  2. Do not pet a guide dog when he is wearing the harness. If the dog is resting without his harness, ask the owner before you pet the dog and respect the person's decision if they say no.
  3. Do not shout directions, take the person by the arm or interrupt them when they are crossing the street. If you are concerned for their safety, ask them if they need help first.
  4. Please don't let your pet near a guide dog, even if your pet is leashed. Even allowing your pet to visit or "say hi", for just a moment can cause the guide dog to lose focus on the important job he has to do.
  5. It's helpful to let a person who is blind know that you are nearby and tell them if you have a dog with you.

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