If you are a Valdosta State University or South Georgia State College Entry Program student with a documented disability who is requesting to have their Emotional Support Animal (ESA) in the residence hall, you must contact the Access Office for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible (2 months prior to occupancy is recommended, although requests will be considered in the event that space is still available). Students must complete the Request for ESA Housing Accommodation form and provide supporting documentation. Requests are determined on a case-by-case basis with respect to sufficient documentation that:
1. the existence of disability and impact of disability in the housing environment,
2. the student’s specific symptoms, and
3. how the ESA assists the student in managing their specific symptoms.
The Access Office is unable to approve requests that do not specifically address inaccessibility. For example, documentation that states that, “the student would benefit from…” or “it would be easier if…” will not likely meet the criteria for accommodation.
The Access Office will review requests within ten (10) business days upon receipt of all necessary documentation (including the Request for ESA Housing Accommodation form completed by the student and medical documentation that meets criteria). Once a decision has been made, the Access Office will notify students via VSU email address indicating whether or not the accommodation request has been approved or if it was determined that the documentation provided was not sufficient to support the request. In the event that the requested accommodations are deemed reasonable and supported by documentation, the Access Office will also notify Housing and Residence Life via VSU/SGSC email as soon as the decision has been made.
Please fill out the fields below, ONLY if you are a student with a disability requesting an ESA housing accommodation. Review will begin once the form is submitted and supporting documentation that meets criteria is received in the Access Office.