ESA LETTER FOR CAMPUS HOUSING
Most California universities allow students to bring emotional support animals onto their campuses. They recognize the importance of ESAs for students with disabilities and facilitate equal access to the university’s programs and activities.
However, universities that allow ESAs on campus require special documentation and formalities. I am not discouraging students but instead sharing my experience.
It is the right way to allow ESA because an animal on a university campus may not be suitable for everyone or inappropriate for university activities. Moreover, understanding and following their guidelines can lead to a smoother process and a positive experience for all parties involved.
I charge $149 for an ESA letter for the university campus in California. Any other necessary documentation required by the universities will incur an additional charge. I am committed to providing comprehensive and legitimate documentation to facilitate your ESA accommodation process on campus. Your well-being and seamless experience are my top priorities.
Is The University Campus Protected Under FHA In California?
I must share that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) does not cover university campuses. While the FHA law allows ESA owners to live wherever they want and prohibits discrimination in housing, its coverage may not extend to university campuses. Therefore, the regulations and accommodations for ESAs on campus can vary based on university policies.
How Do I Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal for a University Campus in California?
To qualify for an ESA, you must have a diagnosed mental or emotional disability substantially limits one or more major life activities. This diagnosis should come from a licensed mental health professional. You can contact me as well. Some common medical conditions that campus allow for the companionship of emotional support animals are:
- ADHD (Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Bipolar disorder.
- Gender identity disorder (GID).
- Panic Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Stress Disorder
- Substance-related conditions (alcohol, drugs)
If I determine that your medical condition could benefit from the assistance of emotional support animals, I will issue your California ESA letter. Please remember that additional documentation and procedures may vary from campus to campus, so contacting them in advance is advisable.
Can I Bring My ESA To Classes In California?
What Are the ESA Owner’s Responsibilities on Campus?
- The owner must abide by California laws and regulations about licensing, vaccination, and other animal requirements.
- The owner must maintain a clean and hygienic environment and properly dispose of the animal’s waste.
- The owner must ensure the animal is well cared for at all times.
- The owner is solely responsible for any damage caused by their ESA.
- The owner is responsible for ensuring that the ESA is in trustworthy hands when the owner is absent because of classes or other activities.
When Can The University Campus Discontinue My ESA Request?
There are certain circumstances when the university may require the owner to remove their animal from the campus, and these are:
- The animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
- The animal causes property damage to others or the campus.
- The presence of animals causes a fundamental alteration of a University program.
- The animal is aggressive or not friendly with others.
- The owner needs to handle their animal or treat their animal better.
Can The University Charge A Fee For Having An ESA On Campus?
Universities cannot charge a pet deposit or fee for ESAs, but you may be responsible for any damage caused by your ESA. Ensuring your ESA is well-behaved and doesn’t disrupt the campus environment is essential.
Is There A Weight Or Size Limit For ESAs On Campus In California?
Universities may not impose weight or size limits, but checking your campus policies is best because policies can vary among universities.
Remember that while there may not be a weight or size limit, ESAs are generally expected to be well-behaved and non-disruptive. Always follow university policies and maintain open communication to ensure a smooth experience with your ESA on campus.