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The university is committed to compliance with state and federal laws regarding individuals with disabilities.  Students who seek reasonable accommodations for disabilities should contact the Office of Student Disability Services. 

With respect to a request for an emotional support animal, the university will determine, on a case-by-case basis, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, whether the animal is a reasonable accommodation on campus. In doing so, the university must balance the needs of the individual with the impact of animals on other campus patrons.

For students seeking reasonable accommodation, an accommodation review process will be undertaken, and may involve additional conversations between the Office of Student Disability Services and the requesting student.



  1. The handler must be registered with the Office of Student Disability Services with a documented disability.
  2. The handler must ensure that all local and state ordinances are followed related to being an owner/handler of an animal.   This may include leash laws and vaccination requirements.
  3. The handler will work with housing to determine appropriate locations for animal to relieve itself.  This will also include appropriate methods of waste disposal.
  4. The handler must ensure that animal follows housing policies in regards to noise, damage, and maintaining a clean environment.
  5. The handler must maintain control of the animal at all times to ensure that the animal does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. This includes inside and outside of all university buildings while on campus property.  
  6. Regular bathing and grooming of therapy animals is required to avoid significant odors, shedding, and fleas.  Animals are never to be bathed or groomed in community or public bathrooms or showers.  Groomers are available in the Charleston area.
  7. The handler will keep the animal kenneled when out of the room for the safety of the animal.  Sometimes housing staff need to enter the room when the handler is out of the room and the animal would be at risk of running out of the room.