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Animals on Campus



Clover Park Technical College seeks to provide access, as prescribed by law, to staff and students who need the assistance of service animals.  The College is simultaneously mindful of the health and safety interests of its community, and as such has a no animal/pets on campus policy.  In accordance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Washington State Laws, service animals trained to support individuals with disabilities in the activities of daily living are permitted at college facilities.


  1. The ASSET Assessment Test Fee is non-refundable.
  2. The Admission Fee is non-refundable.
  3. For State Funded classes, the tuition and laboratory/supply/technology fees will be refunded for a payment period upon official withdrawal according to the following schedule:
    • 100 % Prior to the first day of instruction.
    • 80% First through fifth day of instruction
    • 40% On or after the sixth day of instruction through the twentieth calendar day following the beginning of instruction
    • 0% Twenty-first calendar day through the end of the payment period.

Financial Aid recipients are subject to the Title IV Return of Funds policy stated in the catalog.

  1. For Self-Support classes, the following schedule will apply:
    • 100% When the College cancels the class.
    • 100% When a student withdraws from the class on or before one business day prior to the first day of class. To officially withdraw from the class, the student can come to the College in person, call registration at 253-589-5666 or fax a request to be withdrawn to 253-589-5852. The College must receive the fax on or before one business day prior to the first day of class.
    • 0% When a person registers but does not attend the class. No refunds are available after the class has started.

Self-support classes are indicated by an ‘*’ at the end of the course description, to the right of the class fee.

Course Cancelations

The fees charged for self-support classes cover all costs of offering the class. The college cancels a class only when there are too few participants enrolled to cover the cost of the class. The college reserves the right to cancel classes, reschedule classes or change instructors. The decision to cancel a class is made before the starting date of the class. The college makes every effort to notify registrants. Students will list home telephone number and email address on their registration forms. If the class is canceled students will receive a refund.

Responsibility of owners of service dogs

Care and supervision:  The care and supervision of a service animal is the sole responsibility of the individual who uses the animal’s service.  Service animals must be on a leash and under immediate control at all times while on campus.  In rare circumstances that the leash interferes with the service animal’s work or if the individual’s disability prevents using a leash, a leash will not be required.  In these cases, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.  Service animals may not be left unattended, permitted to run at-large on campus or tied to a building, tree, fixture, etc.

Individuals are responsible for cleaning-up after the service animal, and repairing any damage caused by them.  Each service animal must be immunized as required by state law and wear a rabies vaccination tag and license.  All license tags issued shall be securely fastened to a collar or harness which shall be worn by the animal at all times.

Responsibility of staff and students

  1. To allow a service animal to accompany the handler at all times and everywhere on campus, except where animals are specifically prohibited due to safety or health restrictions, or where the animal may be in danger, or the integrity of research may be compromised.
  2. To not touch, interact with or feed a service animal without the express permission of the handler.
  3. To not deliberately startle, harass, distract, or interfere with the work of a service animal.
  4. To not separate or attempt to separate a service animal from its handler, unless required by emergency circumstances.
  5. College personnel cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card, training documentation for the animal, or ask that the animal demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.  Inquiries are limited to whether the animal is required as a part of a disability and what work or task the animal is trained to perform.  If the owner states that the animal is required due to a disability and that the animal is trained to do work for the owner, the service animal will be allowed.  See prohibitions listed below. 
  6. Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should contact the Disability Resources Support (DRS) Office.  Employees requesting accommodations should contact the Human Resources Office.

Removal of Service Animals     

A service animal may be removed from College grounds or facilities when its behavior poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others, if the animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, or it is not housebroken.

Prohibitions on Service Animals

CPTC may prohibit the use of service animals in certain locations due to health or safety restrictions, where service animals may be in danger, or where their use may compromise instruction.  Such restricted locations may include, but are not limited to:  laboratories, wood shops, metal/machine shops, kitchen and food preparation areas, medical and dental areas, mechanical rooms and custodial closets.  Exceptions to restricted areas may be granted on a case by case basis by contacting the DRS Office and/or the appropriate department.


Adopted: 2006

Revised:  2016