Western Michigan University now allows emotional support animals in residence halls

Western Michigan University now allows emotional support animals in residence halls

Emotional support animals will be welcomed into dorms beginning this fall, Western Michigan University announced last week via press release.

“Western Michigan University 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 (FHA), which provide physical and/or emotional support to individuals with disabilities,” the release states.

While service dogs, trained to complete tasks and assist owners with disabilities have always been allowed on campus, the University is now allowing emotional support animals to live on campus as well. While they’ll be able to stay with students in dorms, according to WMU’s Animals on Campus Policy, unlike service dogs, emotional support animals cannot accompany students to their classes.

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