Darcy Sprague and Clayton Kelley

Veteran hopes to educate community after service dog incident

An Iraqi veteran is accusing Texas State of implementing an illegal policy after an event regarding his service dog happened earlier this year.

Jeremy Kennard, social work senior, contacted a lawyer when he discovered the university enforced a policy he felt violated the federal American Disability Act.

Kennard entered the classroom of Raphael Travis, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, on the first day of the fall semester with his service dog, Athena. He said Travis asked him to produce paperwork proving Athena was a certified service dog.

Travis said after he requested the dog’s certification, and then Kennard left the class in a “clearly frustrated” manner.

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