Student Handbook

Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

Service and Support Animal Policy

Smith College is committed to assuring equal access for disabled students, staff, and faculty, as well as guests and visitors to the campus. It is the College’s policy to permit service animals as defined by state and federal Laws. The college may also permit support animals, as determined on a case by case basis by the College, to reside in the residence hall with a student with a documented disability as a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Amendments.

This policy and requirements are designed to assure equal access while addressing health and safety concerns, particularly in residence halls. This policy supports Smith College’s commitment to comply with state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended and related laws, rules and regulations, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93-112, 87 Stat. 394 (29 U.S.C. 794), as amended, and MA General Laws chapter 129, section 39F, and in adherence to the Fair Housing Amendments. Adherence to these policies and requirements by all in the Smith community is essential to support a foundation of understanding, comfort, and security that make Smith a welcoming and accessible place for all.

The policy and procedures can be found here. Decisions about emotional support animals are made in two decision cycles annually. All information and documentation must be submitted by June 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. Please allow 30 days for procession following receipt of all documentation and information. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services with questions and/or to begin the process.