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Therapy/Comfort Animals in the Housing Environment

The Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a charge of discrimination (No.: 07-10-0930-8) against the University of Nebraska for failure to modify their no pet policy to permit a student to live in university housing with her dog, a “therapy animal” that provided her emotional benefits. The University’s policy provided that only certified service animals were permitted in University housing. It was further alleged that the University’s inquiries regarding the severity of the student’s disability exceeded what was necessary to evaluate the student’s request for reasonable accommodation.

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