SUNY Potsdam Service Animal Policy

SUNY Potsdam complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended in 2008 in allowing the use of service animals on the campus. The ADA defines a service animal as: "any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including physical sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or mental disability".

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 and;
  2. The animal must be trained to do a specific task which is directly related to the individual's 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.

The owner of the service animal is responsible:

  1. To be in full control of the service animal at all times. The service animal should wear a lease or harness and should be easily identifiable as a service animal.
  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.

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 US 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.