The presence of animals in Drew University facilities or on campus is generally not permitted, except in compliance with federal or state law. In this connection, Drew recognizes that service animals play an important role in facilitating the independence of some individuals with certain types of disabilities. Therefore, an appropriately trained service animal, or one in training to provide assistance to a person with a disability, while performing their duties and under the control of its owner/handler, can be allowed in campus facilities.

To apply for an assistance animal on campus, please fill out the Assistance Animal Application Process form.

Exclusion from Campus

A Service Animal may be excluded from the University premises or specific areas of the campus for the following reasons:

  1. The Animal’s behavior is disruptive, not controlled and the owner does not take effective corrective action.
  2. The Service Animal is not housebroken.

Other Animals

Research, clinical or teaching animals used for instructional purposes may be permitted. On-duty police dogs and non-meat eating fish in small containers, can also be permitted. One-time exceptions may also be granted for events on campus. An assistance animal providing assistance to a person with a disability, while performing their duties and under the control of its owner/handler, can be allowed in a student’s residential facility if a fully completed application, accompanied by appropriate medical provider documentation of need, execution of an acknowledgement, and acceptance of responsibility and other conditions as detailed in the application is submitted on a timely basis. Approval of such a request is by the Disability Specialist in the Academic Services Office along with the Counseling and Psychological Services Office.