Answered By: Lisa Raymond
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2018     Views: 665

Students with disabilities, who have registered with Disability Services and have confirmed the accommodation of bringing a certified service animal to residencies, should note:

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as

"any animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals to an impending seizure or protecting individuals during one, and alerting individuals who are hearing impaired to intruders, or pulling a wheelchair and fetching dropped items".

Service animals may accompany a person with a disability in areas of public access.

The venues Walden University contracts with for residencies meet legal ADA compliance requirements.  However, each venue may have specific guidelines for guests with service animals.  Students will be required to meet those guidelines.  Students must communicate their expectations regarding a service animal when making housing arrangements for residencies.  In the unlikely event any difficulties or conflicts arise, Disability Services may serve as advocate.

Do you have any other questions about accommodations?  Email Disability Services at


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