May Students Have Animals in Class?

In general, pets and animals are not allowed on the Barry University campus or in the residence halls. An exception to this rule is if an animal is a Service Animal as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Service Animals

Service animals are those that have specialized training to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, and calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack. Service animals are working animals, not pets. Service animals include Psychiatric Service Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs, and SSigDogs (sensory signal dogs or social signal dog). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets the following regulations related to service animals:

  • Service animals are permitted anywhere on the Barry University campus that his/her owner is permitted. That is to say that service animals may be in classrooms, eateries on campus, and so forth.

  • Documentation of a service animal’s training or certification is not required.

  • The OAS maintains a record of service animals on campus, and recommends that students with service animals register with Office so that, if necessary, we may help to advocate for the presence of the animal on campus.

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are NOT Service Animals

An ESA is a pet that provides therapeutic support or comfort to an individual who has a documented disability. The animal does not have to have specialized training, but must be able to alleviate one or more symptoms of a disabling condition. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) sets the regulations related to ESAs.

Following are the Barry University Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) policies for students who require an ESA:

  • The student must be registered for services with the OAS at Barry.

  • The student must provide to the OAS documentation from a healthcare provider stating that there is a connection between the student’s disability and the use of an ESA, and that the student will not be able to use and enjoy the residences at Barry if the animal is not permitted.

  • ESAs are only allowed in the residence halls.