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ERIC Number: EJ1180666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
Animal Housing: Emotional Support Animals on Campuses
Salminen, Erik; Gregory, Dennis E.
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v44 n3 p47-61 2018
The results of recent cases indicate that residences and dormitories owned by higher education institutions should be considered "dwellings," and thus subject to the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act (1968) as amended requires that the providers of dwellings accommodate assistance animals, which includes not only service animals, but also untrained emotional support animals. Universities already are subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (West, 1993) and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (1973), and the addition of the third applicable statute has created an uneven patchwork of rights coverage for all involved. Furthermore, the plethora of websites willing to offer dubious emotional support animal certifications for a fee has been problematic for administrators who want to respect the rights of disabled individuals, but also prohibit pets on campus. The view that the handlers of emotional support animals are attempting to cheat the system also has reached the media. While the issues are complicated, university administrators would do well to use what precedents exist to adjust their own policies to avoid tort claims. [Discussion questions developed by Alyse Gray Parker.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska; Ohio; Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)
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