Emotional Support Animals

Emotional Support and Service Animal Policies

Emotional Support Cat

All University of South Carolina Beaufort residence halls are pet-free buildings. In accordance with HUD/FHA regulations, however, exceptions are made for Emotional Support Animals (ESA). ESAs are approved on a case by case basis. To be eligible for an ESA, the student resident must provide documentation (USCB ESA Provider form) from a reliable third party of a: a qualifying mental health disability, the relationship between disability limitations and the assistance the animal provides, and the necessity of the animal's presence for an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the residence hall. 

A significant amount of misinformation about ESA's exists online. ESA verification services purchased online may NOT be considered sufficiently reliable to verify an individual's disability and the disability-related need for an ESA. Many services claiming to provide registration or certification are not legitimate as they convey no legal protections for the animal or owner.

In general, a reliable third-party includes, but is not limited to, a licensed professional in the appropriate area of specialization (e.g. psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, social worker) with whom you have an established therapeutic/treatment relationship. 

Contact accessibility@uscb.edu to schedule a confidential intake appointment to initiate the process. 

USCB Service Animal Policy


The American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) states service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.