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Special At-Risk Populations

Prior to commencing any traditional operations the University must have definitive plans and resources to provide for accommodations of vulnerable populations (medically susceptible, uninsured or underinsured faculty and staff members). It is extremely likely that vulnerable individuals may need to observe ongoing physical distancing for a more prolonged period of time.

Faculty and other student-facing staff with higher likelihood of serious illness from infection (for example, those with compromised immune systems and those over 65) should be allowed to perform work remotely as their position allows for so long as the potential of infection remains substantive. Student-facing faculty and staff with higher likelihood of serious illness from infection who may not be able to work remotely once traditional operations commence may be considered for reassignment to provide additional protection.

In addition to those individuals with documented conditions, there will be individuals who will request accommodations based on concerns about their personal safety. Although employees have started to return back on campus to perform work duties and courses may be offered face to face, some people may be reluctant to engage in these activities based on fear of infection or exposure. It may be necessary to continue to facilitate remote work as able, even if they do not have a documented condition which makes them vulnerable.

Instructors and supervisors should continue to understand the subjective reservations that members of the campus community will have in returning. To that ends, all efforts should continue to be made to facilitate remote work. Notwithstanding, if the presence of individuals is an absolute necessity to perform work function the supervisor is able to compel physical presence to fulfill those activities.