Students may not bring their Emotional Support Animal (ESA) to any CalArts facilities outside the CalArts housing unit where they reside. This means that ESAs are not permitted inside classrooms, labs, offices, dining facilities, or other campus buildings. Moreover, that student is responsible for keeping the animal harnessed, leashed, caged or tethered at all times, unless these devices interfere with the animal's work or the student's disability prevents using these devices, in which case the student must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
CalArts may require removal of an approved ESA if there is any violation of any of the terms and conditions of the ESA Agreement, which students must complete as part of the approval process. Residential Life staff will make a reasonable effort to notify the other residents in the housing unit where the ESA will be located. This notice will be limited to information about the animal's presence as an accommodation to a student with a disability; there will be no disclosure of the student's disability.
Other resident students with a medical condition(s) who are directly and negatively impacted by animals (e.g., respiratory diseases, asthma, severe allergies) are asked to contact Disability Services Office (DSO) if they have a health or safety-related concern about exposure to an ESA. Such affected students may be eligible for a disability accommodation when living in proximity to an ESA.
DSO and Residential Life staff will collaborate, as necessary, to resolve conflicts related to an ESA. Staff members will consider the needs and/or accommodations of all resident students involved. If the student's ESA causes damage to the student's unit or the common areas of the housing facility, the student will be charged for the cost of repairing the damages and may be asked by CalArts Housing to remove the animal if the animal's behavior continues.
Students who are approved for an ESA and want to keep their ESA in student housing the following school year must contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) to renew their request for each academic year. A request for a returning ESA should be submitted at the same time housing selection begins for CalArts Housing each April in order to guarantee consideration.