Disability Services


Emotional Support Animals Exceptions & Exclusions

BW may pose some restrictions on and may even exclude an ESA in certain circumstances.  ESA's are generally not allowed indoors on BW’s campus other than University Housing.  Persons with disabilities may request approval from DSS to have the ESA accompany them to other campus areas as a reasonable accommodation.  Such requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, consistent with applicable laws.  Any animal may be excluded from an area in which it was previously authorized to be only if:

  • It is out of control and effective action is not taken to control it;
  • It is not housebroken
  • It poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others that cannot be mitigated by reasonable modifications of policies, practices, procedures or the provision of auxiliary aids or services will mitigate the risk.

In considering whether an ESA poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, BW will make an individualized assessment, based on reasonable judgment, current medical knowledge, or the best available objective evidence to determine: 

  • The nature, duration and severity of the risk;
  • The probability that the potential injury will actually occur; and
  • Whether reasonable modifications of policies, procedures or the provision of auxiliary aids or services will mitigate the risk. 

The University Provost shall name a designee who shall provide a written statement of explanation to any person with a disability if a determination is made that the presence of that person's ESA would fundamentally alter the nature of a program, service or activity.  In the event that restriction or removal of an ESA is determined to be necessary, the person with a disability will still be given the opportunity to participate in the service, program or activity without having the ESA present.  

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