||Service animals on campus are rare but growing phenomenon on college campuses today. Once used almost exclusively as guide dogs for individuals with visual impairments, today's service animals are well beyond the typical guide dog, and can include dogs assisting individuals with everything from peanut sensitivity to hearing impairments, autism and even post traumatic stress disorder. Federal laws like the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as state laws in some instances have long defined the ability of individuals with disabilities to gain entry for the service animals that assist with life's daily functions.
But what about animals used solely for emotional support? Must a college or university allow them on campus, and more importantly in light of recent high profile claims, are colleges permitted to enforce 'no pet' policies in the context of college housing when a claim is made that the animal in question is needed for emotional support?