The University recognizes the important role animals can play in the lives of employees and students.   At the same time, certain animals (pets) are not appropriate to bring on campus and therefore, restricted.  This policy addresses animals utilized for disability accommodation services as identified, established and defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADAAA) and the Fair Housing Act (which applies to Residence Life areas only).   Service animals shall not be excluded from CSP campus, programs or activities.

For more information on policies or procedures, please contact Student Accessibility Services: SAS@csp.edu

  1. Definitions:

Service Animal: Service animal means a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability and is covered under the American’s with Disabilities Act.  Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.  Dogs or other animals, whose sole purpose is to provide protection or emotional comfort, are not service animals under the act.

Emotional Support Animal (ESA): Animals that individuals with disabilities utilize for emotional support, well-being, or comfort. An emotional support animal is an animal that is necessary to afford a person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling when there is an identifiable relationship between the person’s disability and the assistance the animal provides. This is established by appropriate documentation.  Because they are not individually trained to perform work or tasks, support animals are not service animals and not covered under the ADA.   Therefore, access to campus may be limited to specific (e.g., Residence Life) environments and are not automatically allowed the same access as service animals.

  1. Policy Statement

Service animals are permitted at CSP without restriction.  Individuals with disabilities, including visitors, who utilize service animals on campus grounds are encouraged to ensure animals are vaccinated and well behaved. If the need for the animal is not immediately clear, campus representatives are allowed to determine the following to allow the animal access:

  1. Is the animal required because of a disability?
  2. What work or task has the animal been trained to perform?

Students with service animals who request access to classes are strongly encouraged to affiliate with Student Accessibility Services to ensure space and effective in class accommodations are provided for the student and animal and to limit class disruption. Service animals may not reside in University Housing without notification through SAS.

Emotional Support Animals: Per the Fair Housing Act, CSP provides reasonable accommodations for an emotional support or assistance animal in residential living environments. Typically, an emotional support animal is prescribed to an individual with a disability by a healthcare or mental health professional and is an integral part of a person’s treatment process.  Students are strongly encouraged to work through SAS regarding policies for emotional support animals.

CSP reserves the right to decline an emotional support animal or to ask additional questions regarding the therapeutic need for the animal if the nexus between the need for the animal and disability is not evident

III. Handler’s Responsibilities: The handler is responsible for the care and supervision of his or her service animal or ESA.  If the animal behaves in an unacceptable way and the person with a disability does not control the animal, CSP does not have to continue to allow the animal on its premises. Uncontrolled barking, jumping on other people, excessive damage to property or running away from the handler are examples of unacceptable behavior.

The ADA requires the animal to be under the control of the handler.  This can occur using a harness, leash, or other tether.  However, in cases where either the handler is unable to hold a tether because of a disability or its use would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, the service animal must be under the handler’s control by some other means, such as voice control.  In classroom settings, the service animal cannot be disruptive to the operation of the class.


The handler is responsible for all cleaning, upkeep, care and any damage caused by the animal.

Animals can be restricted from environments that the CDC restricts.

The animal must be housebroken.

The animal should be vaccinated in accordance with state and local laws.

An entity may also assess the type, size, and weight of a miniature horse or other ESA determining whether or not it will be allowed access to the facility.

Animals that are illegal to own cannot qualify as either a service animal or an ESA for these purposes.

Any questions regarding the qualification of a service animal or ESA should be directed to Student Accessibility Services.

Last modified: January 25, 2018