Animals, including pets, are not permitted in Lesley University’s undergraduate housing, except for approved Service Animals or Assistance Animals for individuals with disabilities.
Students with disabilities who require Service Animals or Assistance Animals as a reasonable accommodation may be permitted to bring such animals on campus, provided that they comply with university policies regarding such animals.
- Any dog trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
- Examples of work or tasks: Guiding a person with impaired vision, alerting a person with a hearing impairment, pulling a wheelchair, and alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure.
- In some cases, a miniature horse may be permitted as a Service Animal.
- Other animals do not qualify as Service Animals.
- Service Animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a Service Animal has been trained to provide must be directly related to the functional limitations of the person's disability.
- Animals whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as Service Animals.
- An animal that performs tasks or provides service, assistance, or emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of an individual's disability.
- Examples of work or tasks: Guiding a person with impaired vision, alerting a person with a hearing impairment, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, and calming a person suffering from disabling anxiety or depression.
- Some, but not all, Assistance Animals receive training.
- An animal kept for ordinary use and companionship.
- A pet is not considered a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal.
- Individuals are not permitted to keep or bring pets on university property.
Approved Animal: A Service Animal or an Assistance Animal that has been permitted in Lesley University undergraduate housing under this policy.
Owner: The resident student who has been permitted to keep an Approved Animal in undergraduate housing under this policy.
Students should seek approval for a Service Animal or Assistance Animal long before they are ready to move into their residence hall. It takes up to 30 days to review requests.
- Submit a Housing Accommodations Request Form (PDF) and a Disability Documentation Provider Form to our Disability Services Office. Request the Documentation Provider Form from Disability Services (617-349-8194 or email@example.com.)
- Submit the request with the application for university housing, by the established housing deadline (prior to Room Lottery). If the need for the Service Animal or Assistance Animal arises after the student is placed in housing, the student should submit the request and documentation at that time. However, the animal must not be in residence prior to Disability Services’ approval
- Submit additional documentation, as requested. When the need for a Service Animal or Assistance Animal is not readily apparent, we may request more information.
- For Service Animals: The university may request additional documentation, dated within the last 12 months, to determine whether an animal qualifies as a Service Animal. Namely, (1) that the Service Animal is required due to the functional limitations of the requesting student’s disability, and (2) the work or tasks the Service Animal has been trained to perform are for the benefit of the student making the request.
- For Assistance Animals: The university may request additional clarification and medical documentation, dated within the last 12 months, from a physician, psychiatrist, social worker, or other mental health professional, including (1) verification of the student’s disability, (2) statement on how the animal serves as an accommodation for the documented disability, and (3) statement on how the need for the assistance animal relates to the ability of the student to use and gain benefit from University undergraduate housing.
- Meet with Disability Services Office. At the meeting, Our Disability Services staff will review all Service Animal or Assistance Animal policies with the student.
- The Housing Accommodations Review Committee reviews the request. Our Disability Services Office determines, on a case-by-case basis, and in collaboration with other offices on campus, whether to approve the request for a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal. The Committee considers the student’s needs, as well as the impact of the animal on the campus community. The Committee works with the Dean of Student’s Office to determine if there are student conduct issues that may impact the student’s ability to control and provide a safe environment for the Service or Assistance Animal.
- The Housing Accommodations Review Committee provides their decision to the student, in writing.
- If the request is approved, the student signs a Service Animal Agreement or an Assistance Animal Agreement, as appropriate, that includes provisions of this policy. The approval of a request is animal-specific, and is not transferrable to another animal. All roommates or suitemates of the Owner must sign an agreement acknowledging that the Service Animal or Assistance Animal will be living with them. If one or more roommates or suitemates do not approve, either the Owner and the Service Animal or Assistance Animal, or the non-approving roommates or suitemates, as determined by our Residence Life Office, may be moved to a different location.
- If the request is denied, the student may appeal to the ADA/504 Coordinator. Use the Accommodations Appeal Form (PDF) The ADA/504 Coordinator’s decision is final.
- Students must submit a request for review each academic year.
Next Steps for Lesley Staff
Our Residence Life staff will make a reasonable effort to notify the other residents in the undergraduate housing where the Service Animal or Assistance Animal will be located.
This notice will be limited to information about the animal's presence as an accommodation to a student with a disability. There will be no disclosure of the student's disability.
Other resident students with medical condition(s) who are affected by animals (e.g., respiratory diseases, asthma, severe allergies) should contact Disability Services if they have a health or safety-related concern about exposure to a Service Animal or Assistance Animal.
Affected students may be eligible for a disability accommodation when living in proximity to a Service Animal or Assistance Animal.
The Disability Services and Residence Life Offices will collaborate to resolve conflicts related to a Service Animal or an Assistance Animal. Staff members consider the needs and accommodations of all resident students.
Policies for Students/Owners
The Owner must comply with these provisions regarding behavior and care of an Assistance Animal or a Service Animal.
Service Animals and Assistance Animals:
- The behavior, noise, odor, and waste of a Service Animal or Assistance Animal must not exceed reasonable standards, and, these factors must not create an unreasonable disruption for residents and Residential Life staff.
- Dangerous, poisonous, and illegal animals are not permitted.
- The Assistance Animal must be contained within the Owner’s room or suite in undergraduate housing at all times, except as required for transportation off-campus or to eliminate waste.
- Assistance Animals are not permitted in other Lesley facilities, including dining areas, classrooms, and other common areas.
- While outside the Owner's undergraduate housing, the animal must be in an animal carrier or controlled by a leash or harness.
- When transporting the animal outside the undergraduate housing, the Owner of an Assistance Animal must carry an approved Accommodation Letter from Disability Services documenting that the animal is an Approved Animal.
Health and Well-Being of the Animals
In accordance with local ordinances and regulations, Service Animals and Assistance Animals must receive all required and recommended immunizations against diseases.
Dogs must have current vaccination against rabies and wear a rabies vaccination tag.
Cats (used as Assistance Animals) should have the shots required for a healthy animal.
The Owner must follow all local licensing requirements. The University may request updated verification about a Service Animal’s or Assistance Animal’s vaccinations during the animal's residency.
Service Animals and Assistance Animals must be in good health, as documented each year by a licensed veterinarian.
Appropriate documentation is determined on a case-by-case basis, but may include a vaccination certificate or veterinarian's statement.
The University has authority to direct that the Service Animal or Assistance Animal receive veterinary attention in appropriate circumstances.
Service Animals must be individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability.
The Owner must be in full control of the Service Animal or Assistance Animal at all times.
The Service Animal or Assistance Animal must generally be on a leash, harness, or other tether (or in an appropriate cage), unless the Owner's disability prevents its use. Or, its use would interfere with the Service Animal’s or Assistance Animal's ability to be of service.
The university will make such determinations on a case-by-case basis, and notify the owner about leash or cage requirements.
It is the Owner's responsibility to remove and properly dispose of any waste.
A Service Animal or Assistance Animal must be clean and well groomed. The Owner must take measures, at all times, for flea and odor control. If fleas, ticks, or other pests are detected through inspection, the undergraduate housing will be fumigated by a university approved pest control service.
The Owner will be billed for the expense of any pest treatment above and beyond normal required pest management. The Owner will be responsible for any room damages, including the excessive cleaning or replacement of the carpet. This will be noted on the Room Condition form and during the Health and Safety Inspections.
The Disability Services Office or Residence Life Office may place other reasonable conditions or restrictions on the Service Animal or Assistance Animal, depending on the circumstances,
The following pertains to the Owner’s responsibilities for Approved Animals in undergraduate housing.
- The Owner is responsible for assuring that the Approved Animal does not unduly interfere or adversely affect the routine activities of the undergraduate housing or other residents. If the university determines that the Approved Animal threatens the health, safety or property of anyone in the Lesley community, or that the Approved Animal is adversely affecting Lesley's programs and activities, Lesley will take appropriate measures, up to and including a determination that the Approved Animal may no longer be permitted on campus.
- The care and supervision of the Approved Animal is the sole responsibility of the Owner. The Owner is responsible for ensuring the safety of the Approved Animals and the Lesley community. The Owner must not have any student conduct issues that may impact the Owner's ability to care for an effectively control an animal. In addition, the Owner must not have a history of abuse or irresponsible behavior related to the Approved Animal, or others, that negatively impacts the Owner's ability to ensure the safety of the Approved Animal or the Lesley community. If Lesley determines that such conduct issues are negatively impacting the safety of the Approved Animal or the Lesley community, Lesley will take appropriate measures, up to and including a determination that the Approved Animal may no longer be permitted on campus.
- The Owner is responsible for ensuring the cleanup of the Approved Animal's waste (urine, excrement, fur, cage shavings, etc.). Indoor animal waste must be placed in a sturdy plastic bag before disposal.
- The Owner is financially responsible for the Approved Animal, including any bodily injury or property damage caused by the Approved Animal. The Owner's financial responsibility may include replacement of furniture, carpet, window, wall covering, and costs of damage to other University property. The Owner is expected to cover these costs at the time of repair and move-out.
- The Owner is responsible for any expenses incurred for required cleaning above and beyond a standard cleaning or for repairs to University premises. Damages will be assessed after the Owner and Approved Animal vacate undergraduate housing. The University will bill the student account for unmet obligations.
- The Owner must notify Disability Services in writing if the Approved Animal is no longer needed or is no longer in residence. To replace an Approved Animal, the Owner must file a new Housing Accommodations Request Form.
- The Owner's residence may be inspected for pests as needed. Residence Life staff will schedule any such inspection.
- From time to time, the University may use pesticides, pest control devices, de-icing materials, cleaning supplies, and other materials for the maintenance and operation of undergraduate housing. The University is not responsible for any harm to Approved Animals caused by such materials.
- Owners must take Approved Animals with them if they leave campus overnight.
- Residence Life may relocate the Owner and Approved Animal as necessary according to the Lesley University Room, Board, & Medical Services contract.
- The Owner agrees to abide by all university policies, including undergraduate housing policies. Any violation of this Pet, Service Animal, and Assistance Animal Policy may result in immediate removal of the Approved Animal from the University. Reported violations will be reviewed by the Dean of Students in accordance with the Student Misconduct Policy.
- Should the Approved Animal be removed from the premises for any reason, the Owner is expected to fulfill their housing obligations for the remainder of the Lesley University Room, Board, and Medical Services contract term.