Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Emotional Support Animal

Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals:  We may assist with certification for emotional support animals when it is clinically necessary for established clients.  Emotional support animals are not specially trained for their emotional supportive roles and are not considered service animals under the ADA (http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm). We take these needs very seriously and complete thorough assessments through an extended treatment process.  These letters may denote that an individual has a disability and the animal is used to address the disability.  We will not write letters for emotional support animals for housing, travel accommodation, or course accommodations unless clinically necessary for established clients.  We are happy to help you access an evaluation in the community to determine disability status and need for an ESA or Service Animal.

 Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals can accompany their owners anywhere the public can go. Emotional support animals, on the other hand need advanced approval as an accommodation.  Our students’ with service animals are welcome in both of our locations.  We have a responsibility to ensure that our environment is safe for all students and thus all animals and handlers are subject to the University’s rules of conduct.

 If you have questions, would like assistance planning for a Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal on campus, need to arrange local veterinary care, or have a concern about your treatment and access when accompanied by your Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal contact The Ohio State University ADA Coordinator at ada-osu@osu.edu, 614-292-6207.

Please note that you will need to register with the OSU ADA coordinator’s office in order to bring your Emotional Support Animal to our offices.