Emotional Support Animals are defined as animals that alleviate one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. This animal provides the necessary support to an individual with a documented psychiatric disability and alleviates one or more identified symptoms of the individual’s disability. There must be an established relationship or nexus between the individual’s disability and the assistance the animal provides. It allows the student with a disability to receive full benefit or enjoyment of the residential facility on campus. Emotional Support Animals may not be brought into university housing without expressed approval from Accessibility Resources and Housing & Residential Life. The presence of an approved Emotional Support Animal is for university housing only and will not be permitted in other campus buildings (e.g. library, academic building, classrooms, labs, student union, etc.) It should be noted that animals needed to alleviate the psychological impact of disabilities may be referred to by different names such as companion animals, therapy animals, comfort animals, etc. At MSU Moorhead, we refer to these animals as Emotional Support Animals or ESAs.
MSUM’s Service Dogs & ESAs Policy
ESAs will not be permitted in University Housing until all of these steps have been completed.
Requests for ONE ESA per student will be reviewed.