Housing, Meal Plans, and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

Housing Accommodations

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 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 that includes staff from Disability Services, Student Health Services, and the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

**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 your healthcare provider completes the Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Request 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