Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Policy

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 an Emotional Support Animal (ESA).

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. The FHA stipulates that an animal kept in residence is a reasonable accommodation if: 

  • the student has a disability;
  • the animal is necessary to afford the student an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling;
  • there is an identifiable relationship or nexus between the disability and the assistance the animal provides.

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 explaining 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. A form to facilitate this documentation is provided, and must be updated at the beginning of each academic year during which the student plans to have an ESA in his/her dormitory.

  • ESAs are only allowed in the residence halls.

  • Policies related to ESAs in the residence halls are stipulated and strictly enforced by Housing and Residence Life. After the accommodation to have an ESA is granted by the OAS, students must check with Housing and Residence Life to be apprised of their policies.