Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are not allowed on
campus until you have received final approval.
If you bring an unauthorized animal to campus you are subject to the following policy:
Unauthorized Animals - Residents observed or reported to
have an unauthorized animal will be assessed an immediate fine of $50 and given
48 hours to remove the animal. If the animal is not removed within 48 hours a
$25 fine will be assessed for every day the animal remains on the premise and
the student may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
Central Michigan University's Therapy / Emotional Support Animal Policy is available here.
Here is a list to get you started with what
- Register for services with our office (www.cmich.edu/sds)
- Call us to review the policy together
- Documentation of your disability from a medical or mental health provider
- Documented effective animal therapy (e.g. a note from whomever can verify
you’ve had a pet in the past that relieved symptoms for you, including how and to
what extent your symptoms were alleviated; if this has been discussed with your
counselor, they can provide that information in a letter to us)
- Proof of your ongoing counseling/treatment
- Vet records including a clean bill of health and up-to-date immunization
- Proof of dog license (if it’s a dog)
- Meet with us in our office to sign the policy
Once all of the needed information is submitted, and the
policy is signed, we will provide you with a collar tag and notify Residence
Life of the approval. Residence Life will then reach out to any roommates
you have to ensure there are no concerns (allergies, etc.) prior to them giving
you the okay to bring the animal to campus.
Feel free to call our office with any other questions or
to further go over the policy.