Service and Assistance Animal Information

Service and Assistance Animal Information

Information Regarding Service and Emotional  Support Animal Access To Georgia Institute of Technology Facilities,
Programs, Services and Activities

The Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) is committed to maintaining a welcoming and respectful environment for living, work, and study for all, including individuals with disabilities.  To that end and in compliance with federal and state laws, the following information provides general guidance and permitted uses of animals assisting individuals with disabilities while on Georgia Tech property.


Service Animal:  any dog [1] that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability. Examples of such work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.

Handler:  the individual with a disability, as defined under federal and state law, who uses a service animal to perform a work or task directly related to the individual’s disability. A Handler may also be a personal care attendant who handles the animal for a person with a disability.

Trainer:   a person engaged in the training of a service animal for the purpose of accompanying a Handler.

Service Animals in Training:  dogs that are being trained by a trainer identified as an agent or employee of an entity specialized in training dogs to become service animals.


Please Note: When this Policy refers to “dogs” in the context of Service Animals or Service Animals in Training, the references also include miniature horses.

Emotional Support Animal (“ESA”): any animal providing emotional support, well-being, or comfort that eases one or more identified symptoms or effects of a documented disability. Emotional support animals may also be referred to as a comfort or therapy animals.  Emotional support animals are not individually trained to perform specific work or tasks. Pets (as defined below) are not considered ESAs.

Pet:  any animal kept for ordinary use and companionship that does not meet the definition of an ESA.


Access Guidelines for Service Dogs in Training