The CDC has identified individuals with higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions.

Individuals with higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People 65 years or older
  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • People who have serious heart conditions, including high blood pressure
  • People who are immunocompromised
    • Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
  • People with diabetes
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
  • People with liver disease

Accommodations for Vulnerable Populations

Students, faculty and staff in the above groups will be directed to consult the CDC’s extra precautions and speak with their designated Adelphi official and healthcare provider.

  • Students who wish to request an accommodation based on a documented medical disability that significantly compromises the immune system and ability to participate in in-class instruction should contact the Student Access Office (SAO) by phone at 516.877.3806 or email All decisions regarding equal access and accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case, individualized basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1978.
  • Faculty and staff should contact the Office of Human Resources.
  • Students who do not have an approved accommodation but wish to discuss a change to their class schedule for other reasons can reach out to the Office of Academic Services.

Reasonable accommodations will be made on an individual basis. Accommodations may include remote working arrangements for faculty and staff and access to online synchronous or asynchronous class content for students. All vulnerable populations on campus will have the ability to safely participate in educational and other activities and take advantage of services based on alternatives provided.

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