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Medaille College recognizes the importance of “Service Animals” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the broader category of “Assistance Animals” under the Fair Housing Act that provides physical and/or emotional support to individuals with disabilities. Medaille is committed to allowing individuals with disabilities the use of a Service Animal on campus to facilitate their full participation and equal access to the College’s programs and activities. 


Service Animal: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a “service animal” as any dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. 

  • If you will be utilizing a service dog on campus, please contact Accessibility Services so you can be informed the rights and responsibilities as it relates to the use of a service dog.  Service animals are subject to local dog licensing and registration requirements.

Emotional Support Animals:  An Emotional Support animal may differ from a Service Animal in that they have not been individually trained to perform a task.  This type of animal provides emotional or psychiatric comfort to the handler in a residential setting and is protected under the Fair Housing Act.  This animal does not have to be a dog but must be reasonable and the request supported by the appropriate documentation of disability.  

You will be asked to submit disability-related documentation to support your request using the Disability-Related Housing Accommodation Form.

Students may not bring an emotional support animal on campus without prior authorization. 

Additional Housing Accommodations

If you are in need of a disability-related housing accommodation please visit Residence Life Housing Accommodations for further information. 

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