Service Animals


Gallaudet University allows qualified, individually-trained service animals that strictly meet the requirements set forth in Section 1.08 of the Administration and Operations (A&O) Manual.

At Gallaudet, we refer "Service Animal" as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.

Any work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.


To view the policy in its entirety, please visit here.

The use of service animals in University housing is allowed. Below is an excerpt of the service animal policy that applies to University housing.

The University requires that service animals that are left in the residence halls unattended be crated or appropriately restrained to ensure the safety of facilities and residence hall employees who may need to enter the room (e.g., for emergency or maintenance purposes) while owners are absent.

It should be noted that service animals are not permitted in private residences, residence hall rooms, or apartments on campus without the express permission of the occupant(s). Individuals who seek to reside on campus with their service animals are expected to make all necessary arrangements with the Service Animal Evaluator, Residence Life, and the Department of Public Safety at least 30 days prior to arriving on campus. Exceptions may be granted contingent upon the circumstances.


To contact the University's Service Animal Evaluator, please send an e-mail to

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