Service Animals are the only animals allowed to accompany students anywhere on campus. Service Animals are typically dogs and are trained to perform specific tasks directly related to the disability of its Owner or Handler. Most wear an identifying vest or harness, but identification is not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so an animal’s credentials may not always be easily determined.
If an individual’s need for a Service Animal and/or the qualifications of the animal are not obvious, the Owner may be asked two questions:
Faculty and staff may ask a student to remove any animal, including a Service Animal, from a classroom or other setting if the animal disrupts the learning, living, or community environment or program.
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are not trained and provide passive assistance. ESAs are only allowed in a student’s personal on-campus housing space. ESAs are not permitted in classrooms, classroom buildings, Belk Dining Hall, Cate/Park Center or the Bee Hive, the library, Jones Chapel, Jones Auditorium, or in Weatherspoon Gym.
For more information, please refer to this document available on the my.meredith portal: Where are animals allowed on campus? Visit the Disability Services Faculty Resource page on my.meredith.edu for more information about Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.
Meredith College Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Policy and Agreementhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/18tE0Us0n-6o4d5Zuqmtz6N77B8REtwj-/view