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Medaille College recognizes the importance of “Service Animals” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the broader category of “Emotional Support Animals” under the Fair Housing Act that provides emotional support to individuals living with mental health impairments. 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. 

Definitions-

Service Animal: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a “service animal” as any dog or miniature horse 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 to review your rights and responsibilities as it relates to the use of a service dog. 

Emotional Support Animals:  An Emotional Support Animal differs 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 (FHA).  They are not permitted in other areas on campus (e.g. libraries, academic buildings, classrooms, labs, Sullivan center, etc.).

  • To request an emotional support animal in campus housing, please visit the Office of Accessibility Services, located in Huber 101, for an application and a copy of the campus policy.

*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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