Request for Animal-in-Residence
Stetson University provides a unique experience allowing students to live with their animals on campus. There are four different categories of Animals approved by Residential Living and Learning; Pets, Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals and Service Dogs-In-Training. All animals living on campus must be approved through a request process. Students wishing to bring an animal to campus must submit the Request for Animal-in-Residence found on their Housing Central Home Page. Before submitting a Request for Animal-in-Residence please read the Animal-Friendly Housing Guide for all animal-related policies, responsibilities, and restrictions.
Stetson University offers Animal-Friendly housing to students that desire to bring their animal with them to campus. The three Animal-Friendly Housing locations are University Hall (for incoming and continuing residents), Stetson Cove (for continuing residents), and the 300 building of University Village Apartments (for continuing residents). While Pets and Service Dogs-in-Training are the only animal types required to live in Animal-Friendly Housing, we encourage all students requesting to bring an animal to campus to preference Animal-Friendly housing locations on their housing application and attempt to select a space in Animal-Friendly Housing during Housing Self-Selection regardless of their type of animal. Only one Animal is permitted per bedroom. Only one student per shared bedroom will be approved to bring an animal to campus, so please discuss this policy with your preferred roommate in the event both students wish to bring an animal to campus.
As Animal-Friendly Housing is limited on campus, we encourage students requesting to live with their Pet or a Service Dog-in-Training to submit their Request for Animal-In-Residence as early as possible, as requests are approved based on the submission date and space available. We cannot guarantee that all requests for Pets or a Service Dog-in-Training on campus will be approved. Therefore, please consider alternative living arrangements for your Pet if your request is denied. Requests for a Service Dog-in-Training will only be approved for those students assigned to Animal-Friendly Housing.
Types of Animals
Pets are only permitted to live in Animal-Friendly Housing locations. Residential Living & Learning will only approve the following animals as Pets within the residential buildings. All other pets are not permitted within the residence halls.
- Fish (permitted to live in all residential buildings, no application process necessary, no more than one tank per student, no more than 10-gallon tank size)
- The following small caged animals: rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats, mice, and hedgehogs
- Dogs (restrictions apply to certain breeds and sizes - see the Animal-Friendly Housing Guide for more information)
Dogs and cats must be at least one year old and have lived with the student or student’s family for at least one year by August 1. Small caged animals must have lived with the student or student’s family for at least 3 months by August 1. The age of the animal and length of ownership will be confirmed with purchase/veterinarian records provided by the student in the request.
Emotional Support Animals
Emotional Support Animals or ESAs, also known as Companion/Comfort Animals, are permitted to live in all residential buildings on campus. However, we encourage students with ESAs to live in Animal-Friendly Housing as these spaces are typically larger, house an animal-friendly community of students and animal friends, and provide outdoor areas for walking dogs. In order to request an ESA, students must provide documentation from their physician recommending the student be allowed to live with their ESA. The required document is called the ESA Healthcare Provider Form and is available in the Documents section of the Request for Animal-in-Residence. The only restrictions for ESAs within the residence halls are that they must not cause damage to the residential buildings, the residential environment must be a healthy living situation for the ESA, and they must not pose a health or safety threat to other animals, residents, and staff. Students approved to live with their ESA are automatically provided with an official Accommodation with Residential Living and Learning for their ESA. There is no need to submit a separate Request for Special/ADA Accommodation if the student is requesting an ESA only.
Residential Living and Learning suggests that any student who wishes to live with their service animal in the residential buildings submit a Request for Animal-in-Residence. By submitting an official request to live with a Service Animal, the student provides notice to our staff and other university department staff members (such as Facilities Maintenance) that an animal is living within the assigned space. It also allows our staff to provide the full extent of support and resources for both the student and the Service Animal while living with us on campus.
Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
Stetson University has partnered with local non-profit companies that train Service Dogs and partner them with individuals in need of assistance due to a disability. Stetson students have the unique opportunity to help these companies by volunteering to become Animal Trainer. Students must first be assigned to an Animal-Friendly Housing location before a request for a Service Dog-in-Training will be considered. The student must then reach out to one of the organizations in partnership with Stetson University to apply to become an Animal Trainer. Once the student is approved with the service dog company, they must receive approval for a Service Dog-in-Training through Residential Living & Learning's Request for Animal-in-Residence. For students interested in becoming an Animal Trainer with one of the service dog companies partnering with Stetson, please review the Request to House a Service Dog-in-Training Form, which outlines the Animal Trainer Expectations, the different companies that have partnered with Stetson, and the roommate agreement required for the request.
Request for Animal-in-Residence Process
Application At-A-Glance: Students requesting to bring an animal to campus to live with them in the residential buildings must submit a Request for Animal-in-Residence. Animal types include Pets, Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals, or Service Dogs-In-Training and must be approved before the animal arrives on campus. Depending on the type of animal requested, the student will be required to provide specific information and documentation related to their specific type of animal. Follow the instructions in the request for specific documentation requirements.
Application Available: The Request for Animal-in-Residence will be available on Housing Central beginning February 1st for incoming students enrolling at Stetson for the first time and February 14th for continuing students.
Priority Deadline: There is no official deadline for submitting a Request for Animal-in-Residence. Requests may be submitted at any time throughout the year. However, we do suggest that requests be submitted by May 1st in order to allow our office the maximum amount of time to identify Animal-Friendly Housing assignments for our students requesting to bring a Pet or Service Dog-in-Training to campus. Assignments to Animal-Friendly housing are based on the date the request is submitted and space available within these locations.
Assignment Process: Approval for Pets and Service Dogs-in-Training will only be granted to students that are assigned to Animal-Friendly Housing locations. Students who would like to request a Pet or Service Dog-in-Training should preference Animal-Friendly Housing locations on their housing application
- Those eligible to participate in Housing Self-Selection should make every effort to select a room in one of our three Animal-Friendly Housing locations during Housing Self-Selection. If Animal-Friendly Housing is not available during the self-selection process, the student should select an available space outside of Animal-Friendly Housing. The student's Request for Animal-in-Residence will remain in submitted status and, should space in Animal-Friendly Housing come available at a later date, the student will be offered a reassignment.
- Those not eligible to participate in Housing Self-Selection should submit the Request for Animal-in-Residence. The request will remain in submitted status and, should space in Animal-Friendly Housing come available after Housing Self-Selection ends, the student will be assigned to Animal-Friendly Housing and their Request for Animal-in-Residence will be approved.
Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals are permitted to live in all residential buildings pending approval from Residential Living & Learning. However, we encourage students requesting to bring an Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal to preference Animal-Friendly Housing location on their Housing Application and select an Animal-Friendly Housing location during Housing Self-Selection (if eligible to participate).
City Registration: Students who are approved to bring a Dog or Cat to live with them in a residential building will need to complete the Animal Registration Process with the City of Deland.
Keep in Mind
- Submitting a Request for Animal-in-Residence is not a guarantee that your animal will be approved to live with you in the residential buildings. Proper documentation must be submitted for all animals, there are specific animal age and ownership requirements for Pets, only certain Pets are permitted to live in the residential buildings, and there are restrictions for Dogs as Pets. These policies are outlined in the Animal-Friendly Housing Guide. In addition, Pets and Service Dogs-in-Training will only be approved to live in Animal-Friendly Housing locations.
- There is limited availability of space in the Animal-Friendly Housing locations. Therefore, it is possible that your request for a Pet or Service Dog-in-Training will be denied if space is unavailable in these buildings. Please have an alternate housing plan for your Pet off-campus in the event that your request is denied.
- If a student is living with an unapproved animal in the residential buildings, that student will be subject to a $500.00 unapproved animal fee and required to participate in a conduct hearing, which could result in additional sanctions.
- Students are not allowed to "animal/pet-sit" or have animals visit within the residential buildings, even if the animal is approved to live on campus with their owner. If a student is found to have an animal visiting their residential building or are "pet-sitting" an animal in their assigned room, they will be subject to a $100 unauthorized animal fine and required to participate in a conduct hearing, which could result in additional sanctions.