Housing, Meal Plans, and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)
Students must apply for and accept their housing contract through the Office of Housing and Residence Life and contact Disability Services to request special housing accommodations. In order to assist students with special housing accommodations, a housing application must be completed and contracts must be accepted with the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Students must register with Disability Services to proceed with special housing accommodations. Explore the Register for Services dropdown menu for information about the intake form and appropriate documentation. Each request will be handled on a case-by-case basis and is reviewed by a special housing committee where staff from Disability Services consult with Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Disability Services will make a determination following a special housing committee review of student requests. Disability Services will contact students directly to communicate that determination. Students who are not satisfied with the outcome of their special housing accommodation request are encouraged to review the Disability Services Grievance Process.
**Important: If a student’s housing selection window opens up prior to their scheduled intake meeting with Disability Services, students are highly encouraged to accept the given contract and self-select a room. The student will be relocated if special housing accommodations are provided.**
Meal Plan Accommodations
Meal plan waivers and adjustments may be granted on a case-by-case basis and are determined by Disability Services in collaboration with the campus dietitian. Explore the Register for Services dropdown menu for information about the intake form and appropriate documentation.
Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 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.
Explore the Register for Services dropdown menu for information about the intake form and appropriate documentation. It is important that you review the following documents available on our Forms page:
- George Mason University Procedure for Requesting an ESA in University Housing and Regulations Governing ESAs
- Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Request Form – Work with your healthcare provider to complete this form.
Following an initial meeting, your request will be reviewed by the special housing committee that consists of Disability Services, Housing, and Student Health Services. You will be notified by email of the special housing committee’s decision.
**According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ‘Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.’ Visit these links for additional information: ADA 2010 Revised Requirements for Service Animals, Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA