Students’ Service and Emotional Support Dogs Policy
The American University of Rome supports students’ use of service and emotional support dogs on campus. It recognizes, however, the health and safety risks potentially created by dogs on university grounds and premises. In consideration of the wellbeing and safety of the whole AUR community, this policy sets forth rules and responsibilities of individuals bringing service and emotional support dogs on campus.
Service dogs are dogs that have been especially trained to perform a specific task for individuals who have disabilities such as: Visual impairment; Hearing impairments; Mobility Issues (Including Paralysis); Diabetes; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Cancer; Autism; Epilepsy; Bone and Skeletal (Such as Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, etc.).
Emotional Support Dogs
Emotional support dogs are dogs that provide comfort and support in forms of affection and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional conditions. Any dog can be an emotional support dog. These dogs do not have to be professionally-trained and are not required to perform any specific tasks for a disability, like service dogs are. They can assist with various kinds of conditions, such as: Anxiety; Depression; Bipolar disorder; Mood disorder; Panic attacks; Fear/phobias; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Suicidal Thoughts/Tendencies.
Service and emotional support dogs are permitted on campus grounds and into University buildings, provided the dog’s owner follows the rules covered in this policy.
b) Dogs on campus grounds must wear a muzzle at all time, be secured to a leash, cord, chain, or similar direct physical control of a maximum length of six (6) feet, the other end of which must be restrained by the dog’s owner. If this constraint interferes with a dog's work or if the individual's disability prevents using these devices the individual must maintain control of the dog through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
c) Dogs must not be seated on chairs, tables or other university furniture.
d) Dogs must not be tied to a stationary fixture or tree or left unattended on campus.
e) Students may not be allowed to bring their service or emotional support dog into University classrooms or offices if their presence causes distress to other individuals due to allergy, dog phobia or any other negative condition caused by the presence of a dog.
f) No more than one service or support dog per student will be allowed on campus.
- The University reserves the right to take action to remove any dog from University premises if the safety of others, destruction of property, or disturbance warrants such removal. The removal of any dog and any necessary cleaning, repairs, and/or pest control will be done at the expense of the owner. The owner may also be subject to disciplinary action.
- The University may remove a dog (or other animal) confined in a vehicle when there appears to be imminent danger to the animal due to inadequate ventilation or temperature conditions. The University is not liable for any associated repair/damage costs to the vehicle for this action and the animal’s owner assumes full responsibility.
Service/Emotional Support Dogs Application Form