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Housing and Residence Life complies the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any student wishing to seek an accommodation for disability or medical reasons must first be approved through the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility. Click here to apply for a housing accommodation. HRL does not accept any medical documentation. Once a student has been approved for accommodations, HRL will work with them to find appropriate housing options.

Emotional Support Animals

Emotional support animals are required to be approved by the Goldman Center for Accessibility before the animal is brought to campus.

Tulane Emotional Support Animals in the Residence Halls Policy

COVID-19 Expectations for Emotional Support Animals and Owners

The content below is meant to inform you how COVID-19 expectations apply to you and your animal companion. Our goal is to keep you, your animal companion and the community safe by providing reliable information and clear expectations. The primary sources of the information are:

Guidance for Handlers of Service and Therapy Animals Center For Disease Control

Recommendations for intake of companion animals from households where humans with COVID-19 are present American Veterinary Medical Association

What you need to know about COVID-19 and Pets and Other Animals The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Guidance for Service and Assistance Animals in Residence at Tulane University

While dogs and cats are known to contract a variant of Coronavirus, the risk of transmission from animals is not fully understood. The university's policies on animals in residence including Emotional Support Animals and animals-in-training, remain in place.

We recommend that you maintain 2-3 weeks of food in your room since the supply chain may be disrupted or you may need to self-isolate or quarantine.

Service and Assistance animals need to be included in social distancing, if an announcement is made by university or government officials requiring social distancing, and the animal must follow all applicable guidelines for social distancing contained therein. When you are in the presence of others with your animal, even if it is off duty, do not allow petting or other close interactions with others. 

You must update the emergency contact information you provided for your animal with University Housing to housing@tulane.edu. The contact must be able to pick up your animal within one day if you are unable to care for it.

If you are required to isolate or quarantine on campus and cannot leave your room to toilet or otherwise properly care your animal you will need to either make appropriate arrangements for someone to care for your animal or will have to send your animal elsewhere for the duration of your isolation. Advanced planning is encouraged as the university's staff cannot care for your animal.

University Employees will not provide care for your animal. Any individual or service agency you arrange to care for your animal must agree to abide by the public safety measures implemented by the university for both the campus in general and the specific requirements of the building where you are residing during the required isolation. These include:

  • Participating in health screening and contact tracing;
  • Minimizing contact between yourself and the care provider;
  • Properly wearing the required personal protective equipment (PPE), including a face covering at all times while on campus;
  • Animals should be kept on a lead no more than six feet in length for elimination and exercise;
  • Direct contact with other animals or persons should be avoided;
  • Feces should be collected using gloved hands or a bag and disposed of immediately in the building's main (not room or floor) trash receptacles.

If you have any questions please contact the Goldman Center for Student Accessibility at goldman@tulane.edu or (504) 862-8433.