Carnegie Mellon University

Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services for Faculty and Staff values people with diverse abilities and needs. We are committed to the full inclusion of all employees and guests of the university.

COVID-19 Medical Requests for Accommodations

COVID-19 Medical Request for Reasonable accommodations

NEW! FAQs added (CMU login required)

Consistent with CMU’s commitment to maintain the health, safety and welfare of its faculty and staff, the university will provide a reasonable accommodation to eligible faculty and staff who, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, require workplace accommodations to enable them to perform the essential functions of their job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship. 

Disability Services has developed a COVID-19 reasonable accommodation process to seek workplace accommodations for faculty and staff who either: 

  1. the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (as described below); or
  2. have a disability which has been exacerbated by, or otherwise requires accommodation because of, the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDC Increased Risk Individuals: Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, the CDC has determined that those who may be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include individuals who are 65 years of age and older, and/or individuals who have any of the following conditions:

  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Serious heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Neurologic conditions (such as dementia)
  • Liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Smoking (current or former smoker)
  • Cancer

Request Process

  1. Initiate the process using the COVID-19 Medical Request for Reasonable Accommodations
  2. You will be asked to log into Workday using you Andrew ID and password. 
  3. Once in Workday, please click [CREATE REQUEST]. 
  4. In the text box that appears, please type COVID, hit ENTER, and then select the appropriate medical request for accommodations form and click OK:
    • COVID-19 CDC Increased Risk Medical Request for Reasonable Accommodations, if you are an individual the CDC has determined may be at increased risk
    • COVID-19 Other Disabilities Medical Request for Reasonable Accommodations, if you are not an individual the CDC has determined may be at increased risk but have a disability that is exacerbated by, or otherwise requires, work accommodations due to COVID-19
  5. You will be asked a series of questions concerning the medical reasons.
  6. You will be asked to describe the reasonable work accommodations you are requesting in the space provided.
  7. Once your request has been submitted, the Office of Human Resources (OHR) will initiate an interactive dialogue with you and your supervisor to discuss what reasonable accommodations may be available to you. 
  8. Through this process, OHR may request medical information from your physician or medical provider using one of the forms below. All medical information provided to OHR during this process will be kept confidential. 
  9. As a final step, any workplace accommodations resulting from this interactive process will be memorialized in a COVID-19 Individual Accommodation Plan.

Related Forms

Frequently Asked Questions (CMU login required)

Other Services Offered

  • We assist with job accommodations for faculty and staff members with short- and long-term conditions.
  • We support digital and physical accessibility for faculty and staff members.
  • We provide employees with resources regarding accessibility.

How Can Disability Services Help You?

We can assist you with requests for short- or long-term accommodations and/or accessibility due to a disability.

When you request accommodations or accessibility, we will engage you in an interactive process. During this process, we will gather information from you and your treating physician to prepare a reasonable and effective accommodation/accessibility plan.

You may also request to be added to the University Emergency Evacuation List. The list is strictly voluntary and allows University Police and other first responders to develop a plan for your evacuation needs in the event of a campus emergency.