Service and Assistance Animals

While CBC does not allow pets on campus or in student housing, service animals are allowed to be with their owners at all times. If you live in student housing, you may also request an accommodation for an assistance animal by contacting Disability Support Services.



Students with dog


What are service animals?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, service animals are:

  • A dog or miniature horse trained to do specific jobs for a person with a disability.
  • Animals with jobs that are connected to a person's disability.
  • Fully trained.

Service animals do not have to be registered on campus.


Service Animal Policy



What are assistance animals?

Also known as "emotional support animals," CBC's "Assistance Animal" policy defines them as:

  • Necessary to a person with a disability to provide emotional support that reduces specific symptoms of that disability.
  • Not trained to do a specific job related to the disability.
  • Allowed only in the unit of student housing assigned to the student who requests the accommodation.

Assistance animals are only allowed with prior approval for this accommodation through Disability Support Services.


Assistance Animal Policy


How do I request an accommodation for an assistance animal?

You'll need to make an intake appointment with Disability Support Services and complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form as soon as possible. During the intake appointment, the Disability Support Services team will address your needs, talk through CBC's policies and procedures and also provide you with everything you need to document verification of your need for the reasonable accommodation.


Documentation from a qualified professional needs to include:
  • 1. Personal & Professional Identification

    Your qualified professional needs to identify you as well as the history and ongoing working relationship between you and your physician and/or mental health provider.

  • 2. Disability Identification

    Your qualified professional needs to identify the disability with which the assistance animal will support you.

  • 3. Testing Methods & Results

    Your qualified professional needs to provide a written explanation of the testing methods and results used to make the disability diagnosis.

  • 4. Limitations & Symptoms

    Documentation should clearly state the limitations and symptoms related to your disability and focus specifically on the barriers to your education and/or housing environment.

  • 5. Assistance Animal Role

    Documentation needs to explain how your assistance animal will help reduce one or more of the limitations and symptoms of your disability as well as the need for the animal as a part of your current healthcare and/or treatment plan.

  • 6. Credentials & Contact Information

    Documentation needs to be submitted on the letterhead of your qualified professional and include the date and their signature. All reports must include the professional's credentials and the contact information of the individual providing the diagnosis.


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