Requests for Emotional Support Animals Skyrocket at American Colleges and Universities

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 5/22/2019 | Mike LaChance
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Most students know the list of items they can’t bring into a university dormitory. They can’t haul in their own beds. They can’t set up a microwave. Candles usually aren’t allowed.

The family golden retriever would usually fall in this banned category.

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But no longer does that stop students from asking for emotional support animals — requests for them have skyrocketed at colleges and universities nationwide.

Washington State University’s Access Center, which handles the needs of students with both psychological and physical disabilities, only fielded two or three requests for emotional support animals in 2011.

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Now the center gets 60 to 75 requests a year, said Meredyth Goodwin, its director.

The bouncing bunny, the fluffy kitten and more exotic companions — ferrets, snakes, bearded dragons — all of...
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