Glen Oaks Community College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to persons with mental or psychiatric disabilities and fulfilling obligations under State and Federal law and the Fair Housing Act. This policy governs the use of emotional support animals on campus and in student housing.
Students who wish to request the use of an emotional support animal to help alleviate the symptoms of a disability must make the request in writing to the Support Services for Students with Disabilities Office, located in Student Services. Requests must be made at least 30 days in advance and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students must explain how the reasonable accommodation helps or mitigates symptoms of the disability. While the student is not required to disclose the disability, he or she is required to provide acceptable documentation from a doctor or other health professional. This documentation must state that the animal indeed provides emotional support that alleviates one or more of the identified symptoms or effects of an existing disability. Documentation must be provided for each support animal requested.
The care and supervision of an emotional support animal is the responsibility of the individual who uses the animal’s service. The individual must maintain control of the animal at all times. Emotional support animals are the full responsibility of the owner. The student is responsible for the cleanup of all animal waste and for any damage caused by the animal. College officials and staff may designate animal toileting areas.
If a student is neglecting his or her service or emotional support animal, and it rises to a level where the animal is endangered, it may become a criminal matter. Service and emotional support animals are not exempt from state animal neglect laws. If any animal is being neglected, local law enforcement or animal control may intervene.
The College may place other reasonable conditions or restrictions on the animals depending on the nature and characteristics of the animal.
Approved by the Board of Trustees 6/15/2017