In the last few years the number of emotional support animals has drastically risen from three to over sixty animals and the number is expected to grow.
Many interesting emotional support animals have been allowed in on-campus apartments including snakes, chinchillas and even a bearded dragon.
The Office of Disability Services is trying to keep people informed on the difference between service animals and emotional support animals.
In the future they plan on posting flyers to clarify that service animals perform a tasks and emotional support animals provide therapeutic comfort.
“So people realize a service animal is a dog, but they don’t understand the distinction between, okay just because I have an emotional support animal that is a dog that it's not a service animal," Director of Disability Services, Benjamin Cornwell said. "And they still try to take the dog into settings that wouldn’t otherwise be allowed as an emotional support animal."