Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, animals whose sole function is to provide emotional support, comfort, therapy, companionship, therapeutic benefits or to promote emotional well-being are not service animals.  However, George Mason University recognizes that Emotional Supports Animals (ESAs) may be used as part of a treatment plan for individuals with disabilities.  Follow these steps for submitting an ESA request to Disability Services:

  • Complete an Intake Form
  • Have your healthcare provider complete the Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Request Form
  • Complete part 1 of the Special Housing Accommodation Request Form and have your healthcare provider complete part 2
  • Submit all completed forms to Disability Services for review
  • Disability Services will contact you to schedule an intake appointment
  • Following the intake meeting, your request will be reviewed by the special housing committee that consists of Disability Services, Housing, Student Health Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • You will be notified by email of the special housing committee’s decision