Ohio University is committed to granting reasonable accommodations to its rules, policies, practices, or services when such accommodations may be necessary to afford people with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their dwellings, as required by federal, state and local law. A reasonable accommodation may include a change or exception to a rule or policy that is needed because of a person’s disability, or it may be a physical change to a unit or common area.
Ohio University accepts reasonable accommodation requests from persons with disabilities and those acting on their behalf. Application for Accommodation forms are available to students through the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS). If you require assistance in completing the form, please contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services in Baker Center 348. Employees seeking an accommodation in University-owned housing for themselves or an individual living with the employee should contact University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC).
We will make a prompt decision on your request. In the event we need additional information to make a determination, we will promptly advise you of the information needed. It is Ohio University’s policy to seek only the information necessary to verify whether you are a person with a disability and/or to evaluate if the reasonable accommodation is necessary to provide you an equal opportunity to use and enjoy Ohio University housing. If we grant the request, you will receive a letter so indicating.
Ohio University may deny the requested accommodation under specified circumstances. If we believe that the requested accommodation poses an undue financial and administrative burden or a fundamental alteration to the nature of Ohio University’s operations, we will schedule a meeting at a mutually convenient time to discuss possible alternative accommodations that would not impose such a burden or result in a fundamental alteration. If agreement on an alternative accommodation is not reached, we will send you a letter providing Ohio University’s decision on your requested accommodation and a detailed explanation of our reasons for a denial or decision to grant an alternative accommodation.
Ohio University Policy 44.120 prohibits individuals from having animals other than fish in any type of University housing, unless an exception applies. Ohio University will consider a request by an individual with a disability for a reasonable accommodation from this prohibition to allow an assistance animal (e.g., emotional support animal). An assistance animal provides assistance or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability or provides assistance that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability. Ohio University recognizes the importance of allowing assistance animals necessary to provide individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University housing.
An assistance animal does not necessarily need to be trained, and is not limited to any specific type of animal. An assistance animal is restricted to the owner’s privately assigned individual living accommodations, and may not accompany the resident to other areas of the university without permission except to the extent the individual is taking the animal out for natural relief.
Service animals are dogs or miniature horses that are individually trained to perform tasks or do work for a person with a disability. While service animals are permitted to accompany individuals with disabilities in public facilities, individuals seeking to reside with their service animal in university housing are asked to work with SAS or ECRC, as applicable, to ensure that the animal is in good health and to facilitate appropriate placement in housing.
A student wishing to request an assistance animal should follow SAS’s general procedures for requesting an accommodation, which can be found on the SAS website here.
An employee seeking an assistance animal as an accommodation in University housing for themselves or an individual living with the employee should contact ECRC.
No assistance animal may be kept in Ohio University-owned housing at any time prior to the individual receiving approval as a reasonable accommodation pursuant to this Policy.
Ohio University, in consultation with the resident, and other parties, as appropriate, may consider the criteria below in determining whether the presence of the animal is reasonable in the making of housing assignments for individuals with assistance animals:
The individual must provide written consent for SAS to disclose information regarding the request for and presence of the assistance animal to those individuals who may be impacted by the presence of the animal including, but not limited to, Housing and Residence Life, Facilities Management, Emergency Response personnel and potential and/or actual roommate(s)/neighbor(s). Such information shall be limited to information related to the animal and shall not include information related to the individual’s disability. Ohio University reserves the right to assign an individual with an assistance animal to a single room without a roommate upon availability.
Approval of an assistance animal is good for the duration of the academic year. If a student or employee is returning to live on campus for another academic year, the individual must seek renewal of the approval pursuant to the applicable process, i.e. SAS or ECRC.
Owners granted the accommodation of an assistance animal in University housing shall be subject to the following rules, in addition to any other university rules and regulations not specifically related to assistance animals. The owner must:
The University may require the Owner to remove the assistance animal from University housing if:
SAS or ECRC will base such individualized determinations upon the consideration of the behavior of the particular animal and resident on a case-by-case basis, and in consultation with Housing and Residence Life, the resident, and other parties as appropriate. The University will not base this determination on speculation or fear about the harm or damages an animal may cause. Any removal of the animal may be appealed pursuant to the grievance procedure through, as applicable, the Procedure for Appealing Student Eligibility as outlined in the Student Accessibility Handbook or the ADA/504 Coordinator. The owner will be afforded all rights of due process and appeal as outlined in those processes.
Should the assistance animal be removed from the premises for any reason, the owner is expected to fulfill his/her housing obligations for the remainder of the housing contract.
Below find the links to the Acknowledgement and Release of Information Consent Form that must signed by the animal owner as well as by representatives of the offices Student Accessibility Services and Housing & Residence Life. You will also find a document that contains all the information and requirements outlined above.