Emotional Support Animals
Oklahoma State University recognizes the importance of “Assistance Animals” under the Fair Housing Act, which are animals that provide physical and/or emotional support to individuals with disabilities. Assistance Animals are NOT Service Animals. OSU is also committed to providing individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to use and enjoy University housing. Assistant Animals may NOT be kept in University housing at any time prior to the individual receiving approval from Residential Life.
SAS’s role is to verify documentation of need for an ESA and to send verification to Residential Life, who handles the remainder of the process.
Please note: the ESA process, from the initial request to actually bringing the animal into housing, can take up to 30 days.
The process to have an ESA approved is listed below:
- Submit to SAS signed documentation on professional letter head from a qualified professional
who is currently treating you. The letter must:
- state your diagnosis
- state the type of animal (i.e. dog, cat, rabbit, etc.)
- identify a nexus (connection) between your treatment plan and ESA
- The documentation may either be faxed to 405-744-1143 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the correct documentation has been received, SAS will email Residential Life confirming the appropriate documentation is on file. You will be cc’d on this email.
- Upon receiving your email, you will need to read and fill out the following contract form: https://reslife.okstate.edu/current-residents/forms-procedures/animals-in-the-residence-halls. When you have completed the form, return the form to Residential Life at Iba Hall. To confirm your ESA process status or ask any questions, call Residential Life at 405-744-5994.
ESAs are to be well behaved (no loud noises, biting, etc.). You are allowed only one ESA. If the ESA is a dog or a cat, the animal must be at least 6 months old and have had its rabies shots. There are no fees for ESAs, but Residential Life will charge for repairs if there is damage.
Only approved ESAs are allowed in residential housing. ESAs are not allowed in other campus buildings, including classroom buildings, Student Union and Library.