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Equal Opportunity & Regulatory Compliance
University of Mississippi

Gameday ADA Information


Service Animals at Athletic Events:

A service animal is an animal that is individually trained to perform tasks that are directly related to a person’s disability. These animals play a crucial role in providing access to sporting events for individuals who may require their assistance to attend or fully participate. According to the ADA, service animals are defined as dogs that are trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The tasks performed by the dog must directly relate to the person’s disability.

As part of our commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, our sports facilities and centers are places of public accommodation that fall under the ADA regulations. The University recognizes that individuals with disabilities may require the assistance of service animals, and we welcome them to attend events at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Our policy on service animals ensures that access to sporting events is not restricted based on the breed or size of a service dog. With the exception of reasonable health and safety concerns, service animals are allowed to accompany their handlers in any environment where the general public is permitted.

To maintain compliance with the ADA and provide a seamless experience for all attendees, the following two questions are permitted to be asked at the gate of sporting events:

  1. Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
  2. What specific work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

We are committed to making our events inclusive and welcoming for everyone. If you have any questions or require further assistance regarding service animals and their access to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, please feel free to contact Billy Benson, Jr. at 662-915-7735.