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Emotional Support and Assistance Animal Procedure

Students are responsible for submitting this online Emotional Support and Assistance Animal Acknowledgement and Information along with any other required documentation for final approval.

No emotional support and assistance animal will be permitted in University housing that:

  • Is not approved by the Office of Student AccessAbility.
  • Is not approved by Residential Life.
  • Poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
  • Could cause substantial physical damage to University property or other residents.
  • Could pose an undue financial and administrative burden to the University.
  • Could fundamentally alter the nature of the University's housing operations.

Standards for Approved Emotional Support and Assistance Animal

All approved emotional support and assistance animals must comply with applicable laws regarding animals and their treatment and care and also meet the following standards:

Dogs and Domestic Cats

  • All required immunizations must be up-to-date and a copy of the immunizations must be on file with Residential Life.
  • Dogs and cats must be licensed, and a copy of the license must be on file with Residential Life.
  • Dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered. A copy of the veterinarian’s report must be on file with Residential Life.
  • Collars and tags must be worn at all times.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when outside the residence hall or apartment.
  • Dogs and cats must never be allowed to run freely.
  • Dogs and cats must possess friendly and sociable characteristics. A specific dog or cat can be restricted from the premises by the administrative housing staff based on any confirmed threatening or territorial behavior.
  • Dogs and cats must be house or litter trained.
  • Dog obedience and training programs are highly recommended.

Any Other Animal

  • To be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Standards of Behavior by Animal and Animal Owner

Health, sanitary, safety and disruptive standards must be maintained as follows:

  • Animals require daily food and attention, as well as a daily assessment of their general health, behavior and overall welfare.
  • Animals cannot be left unattended overnight at any time. If the owner must be away, they must either take the animal with them, or make arrangements for them to be cared for elsewhere.
  • Emotional support animals must not be taken into the residence hall or apartment offices, administrative offices, common space or student living areas.
  • Animal feces, defined as cat litter box contents and any solid animal waste, must be disposed of properly. It is the owner’s responsibility to remove feces from University grounds, dispose of it in a plastic bag, and then place that bag in the garbage dumpsters outside. Cleanup must occur immediately. Animal feces may not be disposed of in any indoor trash receptacle or through the sewer system inside any building at he University.
  • Residents with cats must properly maintain litter boxes. In consideration of the health of the cat and occupants of the apartment or the residence hall room, cat litter box.
    contents must be disposed of properly and regularly. The litter box must be changed with new cat litter regularly.
  • Animal accidents within the residence hall room or apartment must be promptly cleaned up using appropriate cleaning products.
  • Regular and routine cleaning of floors, kennels, cages and/or litter boxes must occur. Odor of an animal originating from the residence hall room or apartment is not acceptable. (see cleaning section below)
  • Any flea or tick infestation must be attended to promptly by a professional extermination company at student’s expense. Students are expected to promptly notify management staff and arrange for extermination when a flea problem is noted. Animal owners may take some precautionary measures such as: flea medications prescribed by veterinarians, flea and tick collars, taking your animal to the veterinarian for flea and tick baths, University staff may not use chemical agents and insecticides to exterminate fleas and ticks. Not all of the precautions listed here can prevent flea and tick infestations. The owner is responsible for all extermination costs after vacating the apartment or residence hall room.
  • Animals must not disrupt others (e.g., barking continuously, growling, yowling, howling, etc.). Animals that constitute a threat or nuisance to staff, residents or property, as determined by the administrative housing staff, must be removed within seven days of notification. If administrative housing staff, along with University Police, determine that the animal poses an immediate threat, animal control may be summoned to remove the animal. If the behavior of an animal can be addressed by the owner and the owner can change the behavior of an animal so that the pet does not have to be removed, then a written action plan must be submitted by the owner. The action plan must outline the action that will take place to alleviate the problems and also must give a deadline as to length of time the plan will take. Any action plan must meet the approval of the administrative housing staff. The day after the deadline for removal from the apartment, University staff will perform a residence hall room or apartment inspection to check damages and infestation and then a mandatory cleaning and extermination will be scheduled. Any animal owner found not adhering to the removal directive will be subject to disciplinary action that could include contract cancellation.
  • An animal must not be involved in an incident where a person experiences either the threat of or an actual injury as a result of the animal’s behavior.
  • The animal owner will take all reasonable precautions to protect University staff and residents as well as the property of the University and of the residents.
  • The owner will notify the Residential Life if the animal has escaped its confines and is unable to be located within two hours.
  • Liability for the actions of the animal (bites, scratches, etc.) is the responsibility of the owner.

Violations concerning any of the aforementioned may result in the resident having to find alternative housing off campus for the animal and, as warranted, may also result in a resident being in breach of their housing agreement.

Cleaning and Damages

  • When the resident moves out of his/her apartment or residence hall room, or no longer owns the animal, the apartment or residence hall room will be assessed to determine if damage to University property has occurred. The administrative housing staff maintains the right to conduct apartment or residence hall room inspections annually for the purpose of assessing damage caused by the animal or otherwise determine the resident’s compliance with this procedure.
  • The animal owner has an obligation to make sure that the apartment or residence hall room is as clean as the original standard. If the apartment or room has carpeting, this also includes regular vacuuming and spot cleaning. Damages and cleaning are the responsibility of the resident. Replacement or repair of damaged items will be the financial responsibility of the student.

Acknolwedgement and Information E-Form

This e-form must be submitted and approved prior to animal occupying the assigned space. All fields are required.

Resident Name

Apartment/Room Number

Animal Type

Animal's Breed

Animal's Name

Most Recent Rabies Vaccination Date

Spayed or Neutered Date

I acknowledge having read the emotional support and assistance animal procedure and agree to abide by its terms and conditions.