ISU ResLife understands student needs and explains proper procedures for emotional support animals.

Indiana State University cares for the emotional well being of its students. 

Emotional support animals (ESA) are allowed on campus to those students who qualify to have one. 

Students are evaluated by members of Residential Life and take into consideration laws and regulations before they determine whether or not a student is eligible to have an emotional support animal on campus. 

Residential life considers the disability of the individual and what effect that the service animal might have on other students on campus.

“We currently have 15 approved ESA’s in our residence halls,” said Residential Life Office Coordinator, David Kachman.

On the Indiana State University website, Residential Life has posted an article that helps students understand more about emotional support animals on campus and how a student can apply for one.

 Residential Life also included a link in the article including information on both the guidelines and the responsibilities of having an emotional support animal. 

According to ResLife, in order for a student to qualify for an emotional support animal, they must meet three qualifications. These qualifications include: An individual having the existence of a disability, a relationship between the disability and the relief that the animal would provide, and lastly, the animal must be necessary in order for the resident to use and enjoy an on-campus experience.

 Also according to the article, the owner of an emotional support animal has responsibilities to take care of. Some of these responsibilities include: all dogs must wear a collar and must be restrained by being in a building, in an animal pen, within a fence or on a leash, etc. 

Pet registrations are required and must be put onto their collar or tag. 

The animal is not permitted to be left alone for extended amount of times and should be given the specific care that it requires. 

There are several rules and regulations that go into this process and students who are in need of an ESA should contact Residential Life for more information.

“My emotional support animal helps me to get through my anxiety attacks. I get stressed out sometimes so having my dog there really helps me to calm down. It has definitely helped me to enjoy my college experience more and to enjoy living on campus,” said junior Esa Roark.

Support animals are a great way for students to help work through mental health issues on campus and to allow students to enjoy their time in college in a better way. 

ISU is consciously making efforts to make the campus an even more comfortable campus to live on by giving their students this option.

“My emotional support animal helps to calm me down when I’m stressed and I’m so lucky to be able to have him live with me,” said ISU sophomore, Harli Wilder.