Buffalo State College (BSC) 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 provides physical and/or emotional support to individuals with disabilities. BSC 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 College’s programs and activities.
Service Animal: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a “service animal” as any dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
Companion or Emotional Support Animals: A Companion or Emotional Support animal may differ from a Service Animal in that they have not been individually trained to perform a task. This type of animal provides emotional or psychiatric comfort to the handler in a residential setting and is protected under the Fair Housing Act. This animal does not have to be a dog but must be reasonable and the request supported by the appropriate documentation of disability.
Students may not bring a companion or emotional support animals on campus without prior authorization.
If you are in need of a disability-related housing accommodation please contact Student Accessibility Services at 716 878-4500 or SAS@buffalostate.edu
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