COVID-19 Accommodation Request
On March 7, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Executive Order number 202 declaring a state of emergency throughout the State of New York due to Covid-19. Since that time, the Governor has promulgated several further orders, which at first restricted the operations of colleges and universities and then began to slowly loosen those restrictions as the basis for the emergency began to weaken.
Molloy College remains committed to the health and safety of its community. In furtherance of these goals and in recognition of the Governor's recent executive orders allowing persons to return to work, the College will accept requests for reasonable workplace accommodations from those individuals who are or who might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 during the declared emergency. Those who are at increased risk during the declared emergency include:
- People aged 65 years or older
- People with underlying medical conditions including
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- 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 but < 40)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Additionally, based on current limited data and information, individuals with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- 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
- Liver disease
- Overweight (BMI > 25, but < 30)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to employment duties or work environment that permits a person to perform the essential functions of their position. For example, a reasonable accommodation may include, but is not limited to, teleworking, using plexiglass or other barriers to ensure minimum distancing, providing personal protective gear, modifying schedules or moving workstations. Each request will be addressed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether an accommodation can be provided without causing an undue hardship on the operations of the College. To assist in the decision-making process, the College may request health-related information or documentation. The accommodation will be reviewed from time to time to determine whether it should be modified and whether the reason for the accommodation still exists.
Students who are or who might be at increased risk should contact Disability Support Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to make appropriate arrangements for their coursework.
Faculty and staff who are or who might be at increased risk should complete the accommodation request form below. Please review the CDC guidelines for more information and contact Ed Hennessy, Employee Relations and Engagement Specialist, at email@example.com or 516.323.3028 if you have questions or concerns.