An ESA is an animal that provides comfort or emotional support to its owner who has a documented medical, physical or mental health-related disability that substantially limits the person's ability to participate in one or more major life function. An ESA is not required to have any specific training. ESAs are different than Service Dogs (SD). If you are pursing a SD on campus, please visit here.

Questions? Email esa@fandm.edu

Due to COVID-19, all dates and documentation requirements are subject to change without notice. All ESA owners are expected to follow masking and social distancing guidelines while caring for their ESA outside of their own room (i.e. walking a dog). To avoid the possible spreading of COVID-19, no other person than the ESA owner should touch, pet, or otherwise handle an ESA.  In adherence to CDC guidelines, any person who tests positive or has to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 should also isolate from their pet. F&M reserves the right to ask students in isolation or quarantine to make arrangements for their ESA to be removed from campus. Please review CDC guidelines for pets and COVID-19 here. 


If you are already registered with SAS, please follow these steps:

  1. Download and complete these documents (they are in pdf form below)
    1. Information From a Healthcare Provider Form
    2. Roommate Agreement (if applicable)
  2. Go to Accommodate and submit a supplemental request
    1. ​Attach ALL completed documentation (#1 & #2 above) IN PDF FORM to your supplemental request form
  3. Please do not:
    1. ​Submit a supplemental request form without BOTH completed attachments
    2. Email documentation to SAS or ESA@fandm.edu
  4. Once your documentation and supplemental request have been received, you will get information about setting up your final approval meeting with a representative from SAS. 
    1. final approval meetings occur the first week of each month. 

If you are not already registered with SAS, please follow these steps:

  1. Download and complete these documents (they are in pdf form below)
    1. Information From a Healthcare Provider Form
    2. Roommate Agreement (if applicable)
  2. Go to Accommodate and submit a Notice of Disability Intake Form (link below)
    1. ​Attach ALL completed documentation (#1 & #2 above) IN PDF FORM to your intake form
  3. Please do not:
    1. ​Submit an intake form without BOTH completed attachments
    2. Email documentation to SAS or ESA@fandm.edu
  4. Once your documentation and intake form have been received, you will get information about setting up your final approval meeting with a representative from SAS. 
    1. final approval meetings occur the first week of each month. 

For more information about having an ESA, please read the documents below.