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Emotional Support or Therapy Animals

Definition:

An animal (not limited to dogs) that provides companionship or helps relieve loneliness. The animal does not have special training to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities.

Examples:

  • Providing emotional support to someone who has depression or anxiety or PTSD
  • Providing a physical and/or emotional connection for someone who has a phobia
  • Provide people with therapeutic contact to improve their physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.

Where:

Emotional Support or Therapy animals are not generally allowed into businesses or other facilities. Emotional Support or Therapy animals are prohibited from being on Iowa Lakes Community College campuses and facilities unless otherwise approved by the Executive Dean of Students.

Students living in the Iowa Lakes Community College on-campus housing need to complete an application for accommodations to see if they qualify for an emotional support or therapy animal to reside with them.

A person with an emotional support or therapy animal in on-campus housing needs to follow the guidelines
below:

  • The individual who is approved for an emotional support or therapy animal in on-campus housing must have control of the animal
  • The emotional support or therapy animal must be housebroken

Protocol & Etiquette:

  • Do not ask for details regarding the individual’s need for the emotional support or therapy animal
  • Do not touch the emotional support or therapy animal unless the owner has given permission
  • Do not feed the emotional support or therapy animal without the owner’s permission
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