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SUNY Potsdam Service Animal Policy

SUNY Potsdam complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2010 in allowing the use of service animals on the campus.The ADA defines a service animal as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities, including physical sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or mental disability.

Students who require the use of a service animal on campus are encouraged to contact the Office of Accommodative Services to register and arrange for any needed accommodations.

For an individual to qualify to have a service animal on campus:

  1. He or she must have a disability as defined by the ADA.
  2. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability.

The owner of the service animal is responsible:

  1. To be in full control of the service animal at all times.
  2. For all costs of the care and feeding of the service animal.
  3. For removal of the animal's waste.
  4. For compliance with local dog control and licensing regulations and laws, including vaccinations and wearing of tags.

More information on ADA guidelines and service animals can be found at:

In accordance with the ADA, emotional support, comfort, and/or companionship animals are not considered service animals. However, such animals may be covered under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the U.S. Department of Urban Development (HUD) regulations. Such animals may be allowed in residence halls as a reasonable accommodation with appropriate documentation. Students should contact the Office of Accommodative Services or Residence Life for information regarding the Medical Housing process.