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Service Animals

Service Animals

Procedures to have Service Animals in College Housing

  1. Students with disabilities desiring to use a service animal on campus must formally register with the Office of Disability Services and request the use of a service animal as an accommodation.
  2. Upon receipt of a request for the use of a Service Animal, Dr. Chetan Joshi will schedule an appointment to meet with the student requesting the accommodation.
  3. Requests for Service Animals in housing DO NOT require documentation of disability. Rather, students should answer relevant questions in their meeting with Dr.  Chetan Joshi.
  4. At the time of the meeting, applicants requesting this accommodation must present the following two documents that apply to the Service Animal itself:
  • Unless it is readily apparent that the animal is a “service animal”, certifying agency information if the service animal has an agency affiliation, or a certificate of service animal training clearly identifying what work the animal has been trained to perform.
  • Veterinary verification that the animal has all veterinary recommended vaccinations to maintain the animal’s health.
  1. Upon approval of a Service Animal, the student’s roommate(s) or suitemate(s) will be notified (if applicable) to solicit their acknowledgement of the approval, and notify them that the approved animal will be residing in shared assigned living space.
  2. If the request for the use of a service animal as a disability accommodation is denied, students requesting this accommodation have the right to appeal the decision by following the appeal / grievance procedures outlined on the F & M Disability Services website: http://www.fandm.edu/disabilityservices/appeal-and-grievance