It is the policy of Lynchburg College that individuals are generally prohibited from having animals other than fish in college housing. However, Lynchburg College 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
In Virginia, Service Animals in Training have the same rights and privileges as Service Animals, but are required to wear identifying vest, collar or leash. Service Animals in Training must meet specific criteria for training and age.
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 Disability Services and in cooperation with the Office of Residence Life. Questions and concerns about animals on campus should be directed to the Disability Services Coordinator.
Julia R. Timmons
Disability Services Coordinator
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
434.544.8687 or 434.544.8339