According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are considered to be members of a ‘vulnerable population’ that might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  For more details on the CDC’s definition of ‘vulnerable population,’ please visit the CDC website.

Information for Employees

Faculty, Staff, and Student Workers/Graduate Assistants who are members of this ‘vulnerable population’ may be concerned about working on campus. Vulnerable employees – and/or employees who share a household with or have primary care responsibility for someone who is in the vulnerable population – may complete the online form to request temporary, COVID-19 accommodations. Examples of COVID-19 accommodations include continuing to work remotely, changing shifts and/or changing work schedule to allow for staggered arrival and departure times, physical work site modifications, additional personal protective equipment (PPE), leave of absence, etc.  With the exception of age-related accommodations (age 65 or older), employees will be required to complete a medical inquiry form to be reviewed by Human Resources. Additional information is available on the HR website.

Information for Students

The course delivery method was specified for each section as students registered for spring semester courses to facilitate the format most appropriate for their needs. Those who registered for classes described as face-to-face may be expected or required to attend at the faculty member’s discretion. Likewise, attendance or participation may be required for classes offered via interactive A/V or remote instruction.

Students who meet the CDC criteria for being at risk of contracting COVID-19 may request temporary adjustments with the Office of Disability Services for the spring semester using the online COVID-19 student application. Those seeking remote course access should register for online and audio-visual courses to ensure remote participation is available, as attendance for some face-to-face courses may be required at the discretion of the faculty member/instructor. The request process for spring semester requires documentation of CDC risk criteria from a medical provider, and the deadline to complete requests is January 18.