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Oregon State University recognizes the importance of the support and services animals can provide to people with disabilities.
However, service animals and assistance animals, (also known as Emotional Support Animals, or ESA’s), are not the same and are not interchangeable. They perform different functions.
A service animal is a dog or miniature horse as identified by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that is trained to do a task(s) or service(s) directly related to the handlers’ disability. Service animals have received specialized training to perform work or tasks for their handler. Service animals are allowed in all areas that are open to the general public. This includes the library, general offices, financial aid, registrar, public dining halls and general public events, etc.
If you are interested in bringing a service animal to live or be present on campus with you, please review the OSU Policy on Service & Assistance Animals.
We strongly encourage all students with a service animal that will be accompanying them on campus to register with DAS. See Chapter 2(Registering with DAS). By registering with DAS, students will have the ability, through DAS services, to inform their faculty in advance that they will have a service animal in the class, lab, etc.Additionally, in order to support our students with service animals on the campus, DAS has developed a voluntary service animal registration process. Once a student registers with DAS, the DAS staff will work with the student to obtain an OSU ID badge for their service animal. This will be at no cost to the student. The service animal ID badge will include a picture of the service animal, the handler’s name, the animal’s name and indicates this is a DAS approved service animal. If you are planning to live in an OSU residential facility and bring a service animal with you, please follow the steps outlined in Chapter 24 (On-Campus Housing Accommodations).
Important Information Regarding Service Animals:
Some of the handler's responsibilities while the service animal is on campus include the following:
A faculty or a staff member may not inquire about the nature or extent of your disability, but may ask the following questions when it is not readily apparent that the animal is a service animal:
An assistance animal (ESA) is an animal that provides emotional support, comfort or companionship for a person with a disability to mitigate the impacts of the disability. Assistance animals are not required to have formal training. Assistance animals are not considered service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and therefore are only permitted in certain areas. Assistance animals are covered under the Fair Housing Act and may be a reasonable accomodation in the residential environment if deemed necessary in order for the student to have equal access to the residential environment.
A student who has been approved for an assistance animal in University Housing must adhere to guidelines for maintaining their animal in the residential environment. This includes but is not limited to:
If you are interested in bringing a service or an assistance animal to live on campus with you please see the OSU Policy on Service & Assistance Animals.
Please review the guidelines DAS Animal Guidelines for additional information.
In order to have an assistance animal or service animal living in the residence halls, you must complete the On-Campus Housing Accommodation process detailed in Chapter 24.