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Service and Assistance Animals

Hamilton College supports students seeking accommodations for disabilities, including having service animals and assistance animals reside with them on campus.

Service Dogs

New York’s Civil Rights Law requires public facilities to allow guide dogs, service dogs, and hearing dogs. In New York state, a service dog is a dog that has been or is being, trained to work or perform tasks for a person with a disability (including psychiatric disabilities). While Service Dogs may accompany a person with a disability throughout the campus (e.g., to academic buildings, the library or dining halls) without approval from the Dean of Students Accessibility Office, if the decision is made to register the animal while on campus, the registration process below must be followed.

Assistance Animals

Hamilton College supports students seeking assistance with animal housing accommodations.  Accessibility Services, which is located in the dean of students office, strives to ensure that qualified students with disabilities are accommodated in a manner that supports therapeutic treatment. Students are required to meet with the Assistant Dean before bringing an assistance animal to campus.

Registration Process

  • Register with the Accessibility Office. 

  • Meet with the Accessibility Office to review any pertinent campus-wide policies that may relate to the animal. An appointment can be made by calling the office at 315-859-4021.

  • Registrant should submit recent documentation by a specialist in the appropriate field.

  • The student Handler should provide current and appropriate evidence of the Service Dog’s immunizations and vaccination history. When applicable, the animal must wear a rabies vaccination tag. Current immunization and vaccination records should be submitted to the Accessibility Office with the Registration form and be updated as necessary.

  • Student Handlers of Service Dogs in Training should provide documentation that their dog is being trained by a professional trainer.

  • The student Handler should submit a recent portrait style picture of the dog (used to create a Hamilton ID for the animal).

Forms & Resources


Contact Information

Dean of Students Office

Elihu Root House
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

Mon.-Fri.: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
315-859-4020 315-859-4077 dosdept@hamilton.edu
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