Emotional Support and Service Animals

Approved by:  Instructional Services


Related Policies: 

Related Forms, Procedures and References:  Disability Resources | Disability Accommodations for Resident Students 

For Questions Contact: Accessibility Coordinator | 414.382.6026 | colleen.barnett@alverno.edu 

Pets and other animals are prohibited in all Alverno College buildings, with the exception of service
animals and emotional support animals approved in accordance with the College’s policy.

Pets are welcome to use public, outdoor spaces on campus, subject to certain restrictions including
the athletic fields and outdoor events sponsored by Alverno College faculty, staff and students
(including but not limited to Graduation and Convocation). Pets/Animals must be under the control
of the owner (i.e. on a leash or harness) at all times. Hosts are responsible for cleaning up after any
visiting animals. Pets may be in outdoor, public spaces for a temporary, short term (less than one (1)
day), and occasional (no more than three (3) times per semester) stay that is not overnight. All
damages caused by an animal while on campus property are the responsibility of the owner.

To maintain safety and avoid disruption, pets are not allowed inside buildings or other indoor spaces
owned or controlled by the College.

Pet: A pet is an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered a service or
emotional support animal.

Service Animal: A service animal is a dog or miniature horse that is trained to perform an actual
service or task for the benefit of an individual with a disability that is related to the
disability. Examples of a service or task include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are
blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of
hearing to the presence of people or sounds, pulling a wheelchair, or providing physical support
with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities.

Emotional Support Animal: An emotional support animal is an animal that is prescribed by a
healthcare or mental health professional for a student with a qualifying disability and is necessary to
afford them with an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a residence hall room. There must be an
identifiable relationship between the student’s disability and the support the animal provides. For
example, an ESAs presence may positively impact the symptoms of the student’s disability by
providing emotional support.  Emotional support animals are only allowed in the students on campus residence hall room.