Accommodation Request

Part of our plan for a safe return to campus includes the protection of individuals who are in high risk categories. Per CDC information (as of 7/17/20), the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older. Individuals of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk, including:

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cancer

In addition, CDC information notes individuals with the following conditions might be at increased risk:

  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Cerebrovasular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Smoking
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

An employee in one or more of these risk categories may request an accommodation related to his/her work
assignment by completing an accommodation request via the Employee Accommodation Request Form submitted to Human Resources. Such requests may require medical certification from an employee’s healthcare provider regarding the condition and workability status. Human Resources, in consultation with the employee’s supervisor and/or divisional leader, will review an employee’s request, discuss needs with the employee, and determine if a reasonable accommodation can be made.

Employees with caregiver responsibilities for an ill family member incapable of self-care or for a household member required to quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19 may request an accommodation. Absences from work for care responsibilities for an ill family member will be managed in accordance with our sick leave and family medical leave policies.

Additional needs of employees with a household member in a high-risk category or other circumstances will
be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If an employee is unable to perform position responsibilities with a
reasonable accommodation, the employee’s position, FTE, and/or employment status may be affected.