Animals, other than service dogs and University-approved emotional support animals (ESAs), are not permitted inside University buildings (including all residential facilities) at any time. Students living in University housing may only have fish in their assigned residences (see “Animals” in “Housing and Residence Life Policies”). Any animal brought into outdoor areas of campus must be on a leash, unless it is a service dog under verbal control.
A residential student with a service animal must complete a Service Animal Agreement pertaining to the animal’s presence in University housing. Special arrangement is not necessary for a service dog to be in other areas of campus. Service animals are expected to meet Assistance Dogs International (ADI) Minimum Standards and Ethics for Service Dogs.
A nonresidential student with a disability who requires a service animal on campus is not required to register or identify with the University. However, the University suggests that a nonresidential student who requires a service animal on campus self-identify to the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources (CADR) as soon as possible after deciding to enroll at the University. This will allow CADR to communicate to other University community members to ease the transition of the student and service animal.
A residential student with an emotional support animal (ESA) must obtain approval before bringing the animal into the student’s assigned University residence. An authorized ESA is permitted only in the owner’s residence (assigned room) and is not permitted in public residential areas or other campus buildings. Individuals seeking approval of an ESA should complete the process as soon as practicably possible before moving into University housing. ESAs and their owners are expected to follow the University’s Emotional Support Animal Policy at all times.
To complete a service-animal agreement or to request approval of an emotional support animal, contact the Center for Accessibility and Disability Resources. The ESA Review Panel meets five times per year to consider requests for approval.
Visitors on campus are prohibited from bringing their emotional support animals inside University buildings (including all residential facilities) at any time.
Service animals in training are prohibited in all residential facilities at the University of Lynchburg.