Residence Life

Emotional Support Animals

It is the policy of Elon University to comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, and other applicable federal and state regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.  Elon University is aware of its responsibility to provide safe, healthy housing to all students living in University Residence Halls and is committed to providing equal access to Residence Life by all students with qualifying disabilities.  In keeping with this obligation, it is the policy of Elon University that emotional support animals are permitted in all housing facilities provided the established procedures and policies are followed. 

I. Definition
An Emotional Support Animal (ESA) is an animal providing emotional or other support to ameliorate one or more identified symptoms or effects of a disability. Emotional Support Animals are not required to be trained to perform work or tasks and can be species other than dogs or miniature horses.

II. Housing Accommodations Review Board
The Housing Accommodations Review Board will consist of representatives from the Offices of Disabilities Services, Residence Life, Student Health Services and Counseling Services.

III. Steps for requesting an Emotional Support Animal in University Housing
i. Complete the required documents for the “Emotional Support Animal Request” available in the Offices of Disabilities Services or Residence Life and online at  http://www.elon.edu/e-web/students/residence_life/  and http://www.elon.edu/e-web/academics/support/disabilities_services.xhtml. Submit  forms to the Office of Disabilities Services - Duke 108.
ii. The Housing Accommodations Review Board will review the request and inform the student of the decision via email.
iii. If the request is approved, the Residence Life representative from the Housing Accommodations Review Board will contact the student to review the Emotional Support Animal Policy and responsibilities as the owner of the animal in University Housing and respond to questions the student may have.
iv. If the request is denied, the student may appeal the decision to the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Student Health and Wellness. Students will receive notification on how to file an appeal when the decision is made.
v. Upon approval of an Emotional Support Animal, the Director of Residence Life, the Assistant Director of Residence Life in the neighborhood where the animal will reside, and community members (Resident Assistant/Apartment Manager, roommates and suitemates), will be informed by the Associate Director of Residence Life for Operations and Information Management of the presence of the animal.
vi. Before the Emotional Support Animal can be brought into the residence, the student will be required to meet with the respective Residence Life staff member and complete the Owner’s Responsibilities for Emotional Support Animal Document. 


IV. Conflicting Health Conditions and Aversions
i. Residents with a medical condition or aversion who are affected by animals (e.g. allergies, asthma, respiratory conditions, zoophobia, etc.) because of living in close proximity to Emotional Support Animals should contact the Residence Life Office.
ii. Residence Life will reasonably accommodate residents with medical conditions who need accommodation when living in close proximity to Emotional Support Animals as may be required by applicable law.
iii. The Housing Accommodations Review Board will make the decision about conflicting health conditions and medical accommodations. In the event an agreement cannot be reached, the final decision will be made by the Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Student Health and Wellness.

V. Follow-up steps for Emotional Support Animal
i. The Senior Associate Director of Residence Life will maintain a list of where Emotional Support Animals are located.
ii. Campus Safety and Security, and Physical Plant will be notified.