Service Animal Policy & Emotional Support Animal Policy


  • Service animals perform various tasks that a person with a disability cannot do for themselves:
  • Guide – serves as a travel aide for a person who is legally blind.
  • Hearing or signal – alerts a person with hearing loss or deafness when a sound occurs, such as an alarm or a knock on the door.
  • Mobility assistance – helps a person who has a mobility or health disability. They may carry, fetch, open doors, ring doorbells, activate elevator buttons, pull a wheelchair, steady a person while walking, help someone get up after a fall, etc.
  • Seizure response – warns a person of an impending seizure, or provides aid during a seizure, such as going for help or standing guard over the person.

Service animals are allowed to remain with the handler at all times.  
A service animal must be under the control of its handler at all times.  Service animals whose behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others may be excluded regardless of training or certification.

Any student with a disability who is planning extended use of a service animal on campus needs to register with Student Accessibility and Accommodation.

Emotional Support Animals
An emotional support animal alleviates symptoms of a mental or emotional disability, therefore allowing a student to function on campus. They go beyond the comfort that pets provide.  Requests for an emotional support animal will be handled on a case by case basis.  Please schedule an appointment with Peggy Perno for more information. 253.879.3399,

Any student dissatisfied with a decision made concerning ESA requests should follow the applicable institutional grievance procedure, which is explained on the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations website.