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Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals at MCAD

Persons with disabilities have a right to equal opportunity as prescribed by law. MCAD offers reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access for students who self-disclose a documented disability. MCAD complies with federal disability laws; including, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Fair Housing Act. MCAD prohibits animals on campus; however, exceptions are made for Emotional Support Animals in the residential setting and for Service Animals for individuals with disabilities.


Emotional Support Animal

Per the Fair Housing Act (FHA), an emotional support animal is described as an animal that provides therapeutic support and companionship to its owner. An ESA (Emotional Support Animal) is NOT a Service Animal. Emotional support animals are not permitted the extensive range of campus afforded to service animals. With very limited exceptions (e.g. pet relief area, transport to a vehicle, etc.) emotional support animals must be kept in the approved resident’s room or apartment and must be fully under the resident’s control - on leash or in a cage/carrier - any time the animal is outside of the approved room. Emotional support animals are not permitted in academic buildings. This means that ESAs are allowed in a student’s residence and that ESAs are NOT allowed in any non-residential campus building, including the Main Building, Morrison, MFA studios, offices and administrative departments.

Service Animal

Per Title III of the ADA, a service animal is any dog that is specifically trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Individuals with service dogs are permitted to navigate all public areas of the MCAD campus with their service animal, including the individual’s residential space.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Rights Service Animals webpage for more information about Service Animals.

MCAD ESA Policy and Contract

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the wellbeing of students and community members in regard to having emotional support animals on campus. Students interested in making a request for an ESA (Emotional Suppor Animal) must read this policy carefully.

ESA and Service Animal Resources

US Government Laws

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development document on "Service Animals and Assistance Animals for People with Disabilities"
U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division ADA Requiremnts for Service Animals

Minnesota and Minneapolis Regulations and Guidelines

Minneapolis City Pet License
Minneapolis Laws and Policies Regarding Pets
Minnesota Statues for Animal Care

Veterinarian Resources

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Resources in Minnesota
VeTouch Clinic From the U of M
Vetco Clinics

Resources for Traveling with pets/ESA's and Service Animals

Driving in Cars with Animals
Pet Travel Crates: Choosing the Right Travel Crate for Your Pet
Animal Humane Society Boarding
TSA animal guidelines for pets/ESA's and Service Animals
Amtrak guidelines for pets/ESA's and Service Animals
Uber guidelines for pets/ESA's and Service Animals
Lyft guidelines for pets/ESA's and Service Animals
City taxi guidelines - Check with individual taxi companies - Service Dogs are allowed
Metrobus guidelines for pets/ESA's and Service Animals
Greyhound guidelines for pets/ESA's and Service Animals
Article on pet only taxis in the twin cities