Animals On Campus


Emory & Henry welcomes students, faculty, staff, and community members who utilize service animals on and around campus. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Animals that provide comfort, but are not trained to perform a specific work or task do not qualify as service animals. (See information below about emotional support animals).

Persons with service animals on Emory & Henry’s campus are invited to register with the Office of Disability Support Services in order to facilitate access around campus, but are not required.

Students who live on campus and utilize service animals must notify the Director of Disability Support Services prior to move-in. Please contact the Director of Disability Support Services with questions regarding service animals. 


Emory & Henry welcomes emotional support animals (ESA’s) into its residential facilities as a housing accommodation for students with documented mental health disabilities. A disability is defined as an impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities.

ESA’s are only permitted following an application and approval by the ESA Committee. Animals (apart from fish) housed in residential facilities without approval constitute a violation of the student code of conduct and must be removed.

To inquire about an emotional support animal, please contact the Director of Disability Support Services.

Because ESAs are considered housing accommodations, students applying for an ESA must meet the housing accommodation deadlines outlined below. Applications received after these dates will be considered, but accommodation may not be available until the following semester.  

If the request for accommodation for the fall semester is made after February 15th for returning students or after June 15th for new students, or if the request for accommodation for the spring semester is made after October 15th for new or returning students, Emory & Henry College cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the individual’s accommodation needs during the first semester or term of occupancy. 

If the need for accommodation arises when an individual already resides in College housing, the student should contact the Office of Disability Support Services and provide the request form and documentation as soon as possible. Emory & Henry will accept and consider all requests, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the accommodation needs during the semester or term in which the request is received.

All requests must be renewed annually by February 15th. Updated documentation may be required for students with changing prognoses.