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ERIC Number: EJ1131452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1046-3364
Service and Emotional Support Animals on Campus: The Relevance and Controversy
Phillips, Melinda
Research & Teaching in Developmental Education, v33 n1 p94-96 Fall 2016
Service and emotional support animals (ESA) have recently been a topic of conversation on college campuses, despite decades of controversy related to the interpretation of federal law. The distinction between an Emotional Support Animal and Service Animals, and the rights of the student regarding accommodations under FHA and ADA have been debated amongst personnel in higher education. The nature of a student's disability, the necessity of the animal, and where animals is allowed has been questioned; and has subsequently caused complaints and lawsuits on campuses nationwide. This article presents the relevance and controversy that surrounds access to ESA's and Service Animals on college campuses for students who are legally entitled to this accommodation, for success and mental well-being. As a result, education personnel must be educated and continually updated on the Federal laws which support this accommodation, as well as understand the differences between an ESA and a service animal.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990
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