Colorado State University recognizes that some types of disabilities may require animal assistance as an accommodation. There are two categories of animals that may be allowed on campus to provide assistance to students with disabilities – service animals and assistance animals. Below is an overview of what animals qualify and things to consider if you are requesting to have an animal on the CSU campus as a disability accommodation.
Service animals are defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as:
Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
The work or task that the dog performs must be directly related to the individual’s disability, such as:
A service animal may only be a dog. Emotional, support or companionship animals do not qualify as service animals.
Subject to some limitations, service dogs may generally accompany students throughout campus, such as classrooms, recreational facilities and campus residences. It is expected that a service dog be identifiable to others through a visible signifier (e.g., vest or harness).
In some instances, disabled students may be allowed to have an assistance animal within campus housing facilities. Assistance animals may alleviate one or more identified symptoms or effects of a disability and are often referred to as “emotional support” or “therapy” animals. All requests for assistance animals as an accommodation in campus housing facilities must be approved by Resources for Disabled Students.
A student may be able to have an assistance animal in a campus housing unit as a reasonable accommodation if:
If a student is allowed to have an assistance animal, it may be restricted to only housing areas. It may not be allowed to enter classrooms, recreational facilities or other campus buildings.
For additional information on disability documentation guidelines and/or the accommodation process, go to Accommodation Process or call Resources for Disabled Students at (970) 491-6385.
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