Assistance Animals in Harvard Housing An assistance animal is an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability.
In order to explore your request for an assistance animal as reasonable accommodation in Harvard Housing, the following guidelines should be followed.
Provide medical documentation supporting that you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities, such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working
Documentation must support a disability-related need for an assistance animal. In other words, does the animal work, provide assistance, perform tasks or services for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provide emotional support that alleviates one or more of the identified symptoms or effects of a person’s existing disability?
o In the case of emotional support animals, does the animal assist in alleviating one or more
symptoms or effects of an existing disability?
o Does the presence of the animal help in the treatment of a disability?
Note: The need for the animal must arise out of the person’s disability and not be a function of personal preference or convenience, nor is an emotional attachment to an animal sufficient.