Service and Support Animals

Washington State University recognizes the importance of service animals, service animals in training, and emotional support animals for people with disabilities.

EP-39 Service and Support Animal Policy

A Service Animal is a dog or miniature horse that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. A Service Animal in Training (SAiT) is a dog or miniature horse that is undergoing training to become a service animal.

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) – Students, employees, and residents of University housing (WSU residence halls and apartments) may request reasonable accommodations to allow their ESAs on campus. The WSU Access Center and Housing and Residence Life have developed a process to request an ESA in University housing; visit the Service and Support Animals in University Housing page for more information.

Service Animal Exclusion Areas – Some areas of university facilities may be designated as off limits to service animals/SAiTs. Determinations about Service Animal Exclusion Areas are made after careful consideration of whether the presence of service animals/SAiTs would constitute either, a direct threat to safety or a fundamental alteration of a program.

Current designated service animal administrators:

  • Kiara Drake, ADA Coordinator
  • Jason Sampson, Director, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Other campus safety and security personnel, as needed.

Questions? Contact the ADA Coordinator

Under the Washington Administrative Code pets are not allowed in university facilities, this includes indoor, outdoor and athletic facilities. Refer to WAC 504-36-020 for exceptions, which include trained service animals.