Service and Assistance Animals
L&C Service and Assistance Animal Policy
Please review the Lewis & Clark College Service and Assistance Animal Policy and the Lewis & Clark College Animal Control Policy for more information prior to contacting Office of Student Accessibility.
Assistance Animals are allowed only within the dwelling unit of their owner as a reasonable accommodation if:
- the person has a disability;
- the animal is necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy their dwelling; and
- there is an identifiable relationship or nexus between the disability and the assistance the animal provides.
Please follow these steps to begin the Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) approval process for an assistance animal:
Please share with your licensed mental health or licensed healthcare provider the link to complete the OSA “Assistance Animal Request Form” .
After your provider has completed this form, please complete the OSA intake form, and schedule an appointment to meet with an OSA staff member to engage in the interactive process of determining if an assistance animal is a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability. If you do not currently live in Portland, a phone or zoom appointment is an option.
Once OSA receives and reviews the Assistance Animal Request form and your documentation from a licensed mental health or licensed healthcare provider, we will send you a link to the Assistance Animal Registration form. If you are requesting a dog or a cat as an assistance animal, you must register your assistance animal with Multnomah County.
Once all steps are completed, OSA will notify you whether or not your request for an assistance animal is approved. OSA will also notify Campus Living that your request for an assistance animal is approved. Campus Living will then contact you with information about housing community expectations.
Students who plan to bring a Service Animal to L&C are strongly encouraged to contact and partner with OSA. Advance notice of the impending arrival of a Service Animal may allow more flexibility in meeting a student’s potential housing preferences and possible academic accommodations.