Assistance Animals in university operated housing
Northern Arizona University (“NAU” or “University”) recognizes the importance of “Service Animals” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the broader category of “Assistance Animals” under the Fair Housing Act that provide physical and/or emotional support to individuals with disabilities. NAU is committed to allowing individuals with disabilities the use of a Service Animal on campus to facilitate their full-participation and equal access to the University’s programs and activities. NAU is also committed to allowing Assistance Animals necessary to provide individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University housing. The procedures associated with this Policy explain the specific requirements applicable to an individual’s use of an Assistance Animal in University housing. This policy applies solely to “Assistance Animals” which may be necessary in University housing. It does not apply to “service animals” as defined by the ADAAA.
Although it is the policy of NAU that residents are generally prohibited from having animals, other than fish in a maximum five gallon tank in University housing, an Assistance Animal will be allowed in University housing if the Assistance Animal is necessary to afford the individual owner an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University housing and its presence in University housing is reasonable.
NAU will consider requests for Assistance Animals promptly. However, no Assistance Animal may be kept in University housing at any time prior to the individual receiving approval as a reasonable accommodation pursuant to this Policy. Even if the individual owner with a disability establishes necessity for an Assistance Animal and it is allowed in University housing, an Assistance Animal is not permitted in other areas of the University (e.g. dining facilities, libraries, academic buildings, athletic buildings and facilities, classrooms, labs, individual centers, etc.).
NAU will not limit room assignments for individuals with Assistance Animals to any particular residence halls because the individual needs an Assistance Animal because of a disability.
NAU will not ask for or require an individual with a disability to pay a fee or surcharge for an approved Assistance Animal.
Requests for Assistance Animals are to be made to Disability Resources.
NAU will not retaliate against any person because that individual has requested or received a reasonable accommodation in University housing, including a request for an Assistance Animal.
“Assistance Animals” are a category of animals that may work, provide assistance, or perform physical tasks for an individual with a disability and/or provide necessary emotional support to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability that alleviates one or more identified symptoms of an individual’s disability, but which are not considered Service Animals under the ADAAA. Assistance animals that may be needed because of a disability may be identified by various names such a companion animal, therapy animal, or emotional support animal.
Some Assistance Animals are professionally trained, but in other cases Assistance Animals provide the necessary support to individuals with disabilities without any formal training or certification. Dogs are commonly used as Assistance Animals, but any animal may serve a person with a disability as an Assistance Animal.
The “Owner” is the individual who has requested the accommodation and has received approval to bring an Assistance Animal into University Housing.
Disability Resources collaborates with individuals, faculty, and staff to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to all NAU programs and activities.