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Disability Resources for Students

Service and Emotional Support Animals

Overview

The University has a general “no pets” policy in all of its buildings, including University Housing. However Service Animals are allowed to accompany their handlers while on campus and in their residence and Emotional Support/Assistance Animals may be requested as an accommodation in housing through Disability Resources for Students.

Service Animals

As defined by the ADA, as well as UW APS 46.6.,  a service animal that has been trained to perform an active task that mitigates or partially mitigates the impact of the person’s disability. If a Service Animal’s role is not apparent by observation you may be asked:

  1. “Is that a service animal for a disability?” and
  2. “What service/tasks does it perform for you?”

The service animal is an access need not something that needs to be requested as an accommodation therefore you will not have to submit documentation of a disability for it is use on campus, only if you are requesting separate accommodations needs.

Steps to have a service animal live in UW Housing with you:

  1. Complete myDRS new student application & DRS Housing & Dietary Accommodation Request. (UW Net ID required)
    •  Answer the question: what tasks does the service animal perform for you or your dependent in residence?
  2. Submit to DRS verification of:
    1. Up to date vet report including any necessary vaccinations
    2. Acquired animal license through the City of Seattle
  3. HFS will review housing assignment for needs related to space and accommodating an animal. Factors that are included are not limited to:
    • Impact to roommates based on any verified factors related to conflicting disabilities or health conditions
    • Size of animal (if the space is not appropriate)
    • Breed of animal (allergies and other impacts to roommates)
  4. Once all documents are submitted to DRS, UW Resident Life will schedule an animal care expectations meeting
  5. Final approval given for animal to come into residence by UW HFS after all steps completed

Emotional Support Animals

Under Housing and Urban Development’s Rules, as well as UW APS 46.6.,  assistance animals include animals other than dogs, that provide provide passive support that alleviates or at least partially mitigates an impact of a person’s disability allowing them to benefit from UW’s programs and services.  Animals providing these passive services are generally referred to as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs). Emotional Support Animals (ESA) can be requested and approved by DRS for UW Housing & Food Services room assignments.

You will need documentation from an appropriate professional that:

  1. Identifies you and states your disability/health condition
  2. Shares the relevant history of work together as it relates to the disability
  3. Stated need for the animal as apart of your current healthcare/treatment plan.
  4. Explains how the animal helps alleviate the impact of the identified disability/health condition.
    • Is it the long term relationship that has broad and diffuse impact that reduces the overall level of symptoms?
    • Is it in moments of high stress?
    • Examples are encouraged.
  5. Identifies the basis for providing passive support (e.g. the ongoing relationship with the animal) or that it serves a defined role in the person’s treatment plan, and states that it is necessary for full participation in or to benefit from particular programs or environments.

Steps to have an ESA live in UW Housing with you:

  1. Complete myDRS new student application & DRS Housing & Dietary Accommodation Request. (UW Net ID required)
    • Including documentation addressing questions outlined above
  2. Upon DRS approval of an “ESA in residence” submit verification of:
    1. Up to date vet report including any necessary vaccination(s)
    2. Acquired animal license through the City of Seattle
  3. HFS will review housing assignment for needs related to space and accommodating an animal. Factors that are included are not limited to:
    • Impact to roommates based on any verified factors related to conflicting disabilities or health conditions
    • Size and type of animal
    • Health and safety of residents in residence
  4. Once all documents are submitted to DRS, UW Resident Life will schedule an animal care expectations meeting
  5. Final approval given for animal to come into residence by UW HFS after all steps completed

Animal Care and Conduct

  • All animals are the responsibility of their handlers and should be under their control (in proximity to the handler and responsive to commands, in harness, leashed or in a carrier).
    • An ESA or service animal must be housebroken and under owners control (voice or tether) at all times
      • Puppy rearing (under six months of age) which focuses on socialization and general obedience training may not qualify as housebroken
  • An animal’s behavior is considered the handler’s behavior; the animal will be held to the same basic standard of conduct as their handlers. If they are disruptive to university business or community behavioral expectations for educational, medical and residential environments handlers may be asked to correct the animal’s behavior or remove it from the environment.