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Stanford University to allow support animals in dorms

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford University will allow support animals in its dorms for the first time this fall.

The Mercury News in San Jose reports that the new policy comes after increased demand from undergraduates to allow pets that lend emotional support.

In previous years, students and their support animals had to live in campus apartments. This is the first year it will allow undergraduates with approved support animals to live with them in certain designated dorms.

Support animals are also known as therapy animals or emotional support animals. They are different from service animals like guide dogs.

Stanford is not the only campus to allow support animals in dorms, as diagnoses of anxiety and depression have increased among college students in recent years.

Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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