ADA Accommodations for COVID-19
Adelphi University’s policies for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be rooted in safety for our staff, safety for our faculty and students and for the public we interact with.
Reason for Policy
The goal is to protect our staff, faculty and students while responding to the COVID 19 pandemic and continue Adelphi University’s mission of education.
Who Is Governed by this Policy
All employees of the University.
Non-Union employees of the University
Employees of the American Association of University of Professors (AAUP)
Employees of the Benevolent Association of Security Officers
Employees of the Local 1102
Employees of the Local 153
Employees of Adelphi Physical Plant Workers’ Labor Union (APPWLU)
If an employee requires an accommodation, the employee should discuss the following with the Office of Human Resources:
- How the disability creates a limitation
- How the requested accommodation will effectively address the limitation
- Whether a different accommodation could effectively address the issue
- How a proposed accommodation will enable the employee to continue performing the essential functions of his or her position
- Medical documentation form a physician
After discussing, a reasonable accommodation may be appropriate if it allows the employee to perform his or her essential job functions and does not impose an undue hardship on the University.
Employees who do not seek accommodations may not have any action taken against them unless their conditions pose a direct threat (a significant risk of substantial harm) to their own health and cannot be accommodated by reasonable means. This is a very high threshold. Such steps may not be taken without involvement of the Office of Human Resources.
An undue hardship is defined as a “significant difficulty or expense” to the University
Include “older adults” (65+ years old) and/or people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (such as chronic lung disease, asthma, heart conditions, immune deficiencies and disorders, cancer, HIV or AIDS, severe obesity, diabetes, kidney disease and liver disease).
This policy requires employees (including a student employee) requesting an employee accommodation to engage in a dialogue with Karen Loiacono and Joanna Ocampo in the Office of Human Resources regarding the request. Adelphi may proactively inquire whether employees with disabilities will require accommodations upon a return to work after stay at home orders and shutdowns are lifted.
Adelphi will keep all medical information about an employee separate and confidential from an employee’s personnel file.
This section must contain the following dates or placeholders for future dates:
- Last Reviewed Date: New Policy
- Last Revised Date:
- Policy Origination Date:
Who Approved This Policy
Lucinda J. Donnelly – Chief Human Resources Officer