Disability Services

Emotional Support Animal Policy

Muhlenberg College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and an accessible environment for qualified students with disabilities. The College complies with all applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

Under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Section 504, individuals with a disability may be entitled to keep an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) as a reasonable accommodation in campus housing facilities that otherwise impose restrictions or have prohibitions on non-service animals in residence. In order for a student with a disability to qualify for such an accommodation, professional documentation of a mental health condition that rises to the level of a disability must be submitted. Documentation must establish the therapeutic need of the animal that is directly connected to the individual’s disability, and must establish that the ESA is necessary to afford the individual with a disability an equal opportunity to use a dwelling or to participate in the housing program. For the complete Emotional Support Policy, please click on the link below:

 

Emotional Support Animal Policy 2017

ESA Request Student Form

ESA Request Form for Treating Professionals