It is the policy of University of Lynchburg that individuals are generally prohibited from having animals other than fish in college housing. However, University of Lynchburg recognizes three instances of exception to this policy: Service Animals, Service Animals in Training and Emotional Support Animals (ESA).
Service Animals are limited to dogs; no other species qualifies as a Service Animal under ADA (Americans for Disabilities Act). Persons on campus with a Service Animal are not required to register or seek permission for a Service Animal. Handlers are not required to identify a dog is a service animal with vests or leashes. Residential students with service animals must complete a Service Animal Residential Agreement.
A service animal must be permitted to accompany a person with a disability everywhere on campus except in situations where safety may be compromised or where the service animal may interfere with the fundamental nature of the activities being conducted. Allergies or fear of dogs does not limit access of a service animal to facilities.
Service Animals in Training
Service Dogs in Training are permitted on campus for training purposes only. They may not attend classes or be present in lab settings. Service Dogs in Training are not permitted in residential settings for visitation. Service Dogs in Training are not permitted to live with residential students.
Service Dogs in Training are required to wear identifying vest, collar or leash, with the name of the recognized training organization plainly visible. Service Dogs in Training must be at least 6 months of age and must be under handler control at all times. The trainer of the Service Dog in Training must be an experienced trainer of Service Dogs.
Emotional Support Animals
Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are approved for students who qualify, and are allowed only in the individual student’s residential space. They are not allowed in common areas of a residence and are not allowed in any other buildings on campus.
Arrangements for residential students with Service Animals, and approval for Service Animals in Training or Emotional Support Animals are made through the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources and in cooperation with the Office of Residence Life. Questions and concerns about animals on campus should be directed to the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources.
Julia R. Timmons
Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
434.544.8687 or 434.544.8339