Longwood University provides reasonable accommodations to students with documented disabilities living in University-managed housing. Longwood University allows emotional support animals to live with students in their University-managed housing upon approval by the Accessibility Resources Office (ARO).
It is important to distinguish between service animals and emotional support animals (ESAs).
Service animals are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. For example, service animals may guide individuals with impaired vision, alert individuals with hearing impairments to sounds, pull a wheelchair, or fetch items used in daily living.
View Longwood University’s Service Animal Policy.
Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
An ESA is typically, but not limited to, a dog or cat, which provides a therapeutic benefit to alleviate or mitigate one or more symptoms of a mental or psychiatric disability. The animal provides support, well-being, comfort, or a calming influence. Because ESAs are not trained to perform work or other service tasks, ESAs are not service animals and thus not entitled to the same privileges as service animals. ESAs are not permitted in any other area other than the student’s assigned living space and immediate surrounding area.
University Living Spaces
ESAs are not permitted in Longwood University's living spaces at any time prior to the owner receiving approval from the Accessibility Resources Office. The student is responsible for all costs related to any damage to persons or property created by their ESA.
Verification and Documentation
The student will be asked to provide documentation verifying the following:
The student will be asked to provide documentation for the ESA verifying the following:
The animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal as recommended by the American Veterinary Association. All vaccinations must be current, and proof of vaccinations required by law must be provided prior to moving the animal into University managed housing. Longwood University reserves the right to request updated verification at any time.
Additional Requirements for Dogs:
Dogs must be licensed with Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County, following the Code of Virginia, requires all dogs be licensed by the time they reach four (4) months of age.
A letter from a veterinarian attesting to the animal’s temperament.
Timeline for Requests
Longwood University will accept and consider requests for reasonable accommodation in University housing at any time. The individual making the request for accommodation should complete and provide the ESA Request Form to Accessibility Resources Office (ARO) as soon as possible before moving into University housing. However, if the request for accommodation is made fewer than 60 days before the individual intends to move into University housing, the institution cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the individual’s accommodation needs during the first semester or term of occupancy. If the need for the accommodation arises when an individual already resides in University housing, they should contact ARO and complete the Request Form as soon as possible. The institution cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet the accommodation needs during the semester or term in which the request is received.
Right to Exclude
Longwood University may exclude an ESA from assigned living space if it:
The following steps will comprise the process for approval under this policy:
*Longwood University reserves the right to update the ESA Policy at any time*