The Catholic University of America

Summary of Federal Laws


Compliance Partners

Director of Housing Services

Non-Discrimination with Respect to Students

Fair Housing Act Amendments of 1988

42 U.S.C. § 3601 et seq.; 24 CFR 100 et seq.

The 1988 amendments prohibit discrimination in housing based on disability. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disablity.


HUD page on Fair Housing

FAQ from DOJ on Housing Discrimination

Without addressing directly the issue of whether dorms come under the purview of the FHA, the following consent decree was enterered into by Justice and Kent State: Press Release on Settlement Agreement Between Department of Justice and Kent State University on Therapy Animals, January 4, 2016. See also the Consent Decree.

AHEAD Update Feb. 2016 on what can and cannot be asked of students 

March 16, 2012 NACUANOTE on Accommodating Service Animals on Campus (includes discussion of FHA and its potential applicability to dorms on campus.

Consent Order on Emotional Support Animals, University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK)

Ellen Babbitt Summary of U.S. v. University of Nebraska at Kearney, et al., 4/23/13
addresses applicablity of FHA to dorms



updated 1-2-18 mlo