Many people enjoy the warmth and comfort of animals, and they often find them helpful in coping with life’s many stressors. However, the majority of individuals, even those with diagnosable mental health conditions, do not require an emotional support animal (dog, cat, rabbit, etc.) to afford them an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their room or apartment.
While emotional support animals (ESAs) are recognized as reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities for the purposes of housing and travel, the term “disability” refers to a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and the term “substantially” means that the limitation is not just a matter of discomfort, but rather a psychological disorder or problem that interferes with the ones ability to perform in those major life activities.
In order to live on campus with an ESA, follow the five-step process below.
To consider a student’s request for an animal-in-residence based on disability or chronic health condition, the Disability Services Office at FLC requires documentation from the student’s licensed clinical professional or health care provider thoroughly familiar with the student’s condition and their functional limitations and/or restrictions.
Note: ESA Certificates or letters purchased online, relationships based on limited contact, or a relationship initiated for the sole purpose of acquiring ESA documentation do not provide the necessary information to support a student’s request.
Supporting documentation must:
If you did not submit this documentation with your application to Disability Services, upload the file here:
Schedule an appointment for an intake meeting. Contact:
Kristin Polens, M-ED, Director of Disability Services
Upon approval, you will need to submit your animal’s vaccination/health records, License with LaPlata County Humane Society (for canines) and Completion of Housing paperwork prior to move-in.