WMU has an Animals on Campus Policy governing assistance animals and emotional support animals. Sindecuse Health Center supports a student's choice to pursue a comprehensive treatment plan with an established provider to gain the support they need.
The American Psychological Association states that only professionals with comprehensive knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding therapeutic human-animal interactions, animal-related behavior, and a thorough knowledge of the policies surrounding ESAs are operating within the scope of their practice when documenting a needs for ESAs.
None of the providers at Sindecuse Health Center have the specific skillset necessary to provide documentation for emotional support animals. As a result, Sindecuse Health Center primary care and Counseling Services providers will no longer be providing ESA letters.
WMU Disability Services for Students determines and coordinates all accommodations on campus for students through an interactive process. Please visit the DSS website for further information regarding DSS policies.