Emotional Support Animals in Classrooms & Common Spaces – On-Demand Training

Sale price$399.00


Practical Rules and Application Policies for Reasonable Accommodations Outside of Housing

Universities, by now, are well versed on ADA laws pertaining to service animals, however, there is still confusion and lack of guidance surrounding Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) or other types of assistance, therapy, or comfort animals outside of housing. The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has recent settlements regarding ESAs classifying these as “reasonable accommodation” issues but there has been little to no guidance — magnifying the confusion for colleges administrators.

Understanding and complying with federal laws and regulations is no longer just the responsibility of legal counsel. Every area of campus plays a role in ensuring an institution is compliant with federal and state laws and Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Facilities, and others play a large part in that. Now more than ever, it is critical to enable faculty and staff members to understand their legal responsibilities, recognize hidden disabilities and collaborate with key resources on campus so they can provide a campus culture that is inclusive and contributes to students’ academic success.

You and your staff will hear from our campus legal expert presenter as she reviews relevant case law, suggests policy and procedure options and provides you with practical resources to manage requests for reasonable accommodations on your campus outside of housing.

Understand your compliance obligations and meet those, but also explore ways to exceed them to ensure the needs of faculty, staff and students are met in a supportive way.

Topics Covered

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Process the position that ESAs in the classroom and in other on-campus facilities in general outside of housing fall under “reasonable accommodations” — develop, implement, and enforce legally defensible policies and procedures related to students’ rights to have ESA animals on campus outside of their campus housing.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop a culture of inclusivity beyond compliance – create basic policy and procedures, but also build a program beyond that to assist in providing a truly accessible campus, welcoming all students, and ensuring their success.
  • Comply with each of the federal laws dealing with accessibility on campus —avoid a legal quagmire caused by confusion and lack of confidence about how to proceed.
  • Provide faculty, staff, and students with systematic “gatekeeper” training to help everyone recognize and respond to students in need of accommodations and resources – in recognizing accommodation needs, develop relationships with university and community partners to support those needs.


Amber L. Grove is the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has served in that role since January 2016. Amber also chaired University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Transgender Issues Committee. Additionally, she served as the Interim ADA/504 Coordinator for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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Included When You Purchase

  • 90-minute online session with carefully selected expert(s)
  • Unlimited access to view webinar recording on demand
  • Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
  • Certificate of completion for each participant
  • Weekly newsletter – What's Working on Campus

Instructions for access are available immediately upon checkout. You may share this On-Demand Training with any staff members from your campus community for unlimited viewing. For information about licensing this webinar for unlimited distribution on your institution’s internal network/server, email info@paper-clip.com.

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