Service Animal Guidelines

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, which addresses some questions and concerns about what Federal law allows with regard to service animals. 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 Monica Vance or Assistant Director Jenna Rose at, or or 610-328-7358 or 610-690-5538.

5 Tips: When You Meet a Service Dog 

Always remember, distracting a service dog can make its owner vulnerable to harm. Treat the dog as if he is not there.

  1. Do not pet a service 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.
  2. For a blind traveler, 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.
  3. Please don't let your pet near a service 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.
  4. 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.