Emotional Support Animals

Service Animals

A service animal is any dog or mini horse that is trained to do work or to perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, intellectual, or other mental health disability. The tasks performed by the service animal must be directly related to the person’s disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals. Service animals are permitted to accompany their handler in all locations at the university, unless safety for the animal or others is a concern.

If you need a service animal, you are not required to register with the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office, however we recommend you consider registering to let us know you are bringing a service animal to campus. SAS wants to support all students with disabilities as fully as possible.

Assistance Animals

Assistance animals (also known as emotional support animals, comfort animals, or therapy animal) are often used as part of a medical treatment plan and are not considered Service Animals under the ADA.  Assistance animals may provide assistance with tasks, offer companionship, or help with the effects of disabilities such as depression, anxiety, and certain phobias, but do not have special training to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities. Assistance animals provide people with therapeutic contact to improve their physical, social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

Tufts will review, and if reasonable, approve requests for assistance animals. If you would like an assistance animal as a reasonable accommodation, you are required to register with the SAS office. We will discuss your request with you and outline the parameters of a possible reasonable accommodation. There are specific limitations regarding where assistance Animals are permitted on campus.

If you feel the support of an assistance animal is necessary for your disability, please contact us for more information.