UMD Outlines Easy methods to Request COVID-19-Associated Incapacity Lodging, Issues

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Ann G. Wylie and Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo today sent the following email to the campus community:

In preparation for resuming in-person tuition and operations this fall, we’re sharing this information on accommodations and requests for consideration. The presence of faculty, staff, and students – and their interactions on campus – add significantly to our vibrant learning community. We are committed to working with students and staff who are most susceptible to complications from COVID-19 due to illness. We will work to provide the necessary resources that put safety and wellbeing in the foreground.

Applications can be made in the following two categories:

Accommodation for the disabled due to COVID-19
Students, faculty, and staff may apply for new Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) disability accommodations and changes to existing ADA disability accommodations due to the impact of COVID-19.

COVID-19 related inquiries for consideration
Students, lecturers and employees who belong to one or both of the following two eligible groups can apply for consideration:

The process for inquiries is as follows:

students
Students who are already registered with the Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) can work directly with their assigned ADS advisor to request changes to their existing disabled accommodation due to the effects of COVID-19. Students’ new requests for accessible accommodation related to COVID-19 will be assessed and determined as part of the interactive process between the student, the ADS counselor and the instructor / supervisor and other offices as needed. For new accommodation inquiries, please contact the Accessibility and Disability Service.

Students who meet the above criteria for COVID-19 consideration with specific recommendations from their healthcare provider, or students in COVID-19 quarantine and isolation (on or off campus) can submit their application through the University Health Center. A letter from the doctor treating the patient for the specific condition is required. This letter must state the medical reasons for the COVID-19-related consideration, the type of consideration requested, and the expected duration of the consideration.

Faculty and staff should contact UHR Vacation Management (umdleave@umd.edu) to discuss eligibility to request COVID-19-related considerations.

All accommodation for handicapped people from faculties and employees and / or COVID-19-related applications for consideration are evaluated and determined by UHR in an interactive, confidential process. If an application is approved, UHR will implement plans for staff, and the Faculty Affairs Bureau will work with academic units to implement plans for the faculty.

Important Notes

  • For COVID-19-related inquiries, the applicable UMD guidelines and procedures for handicapped accessible and barrier-free accommodation (VI-1.00D) and excused absence of students (V-1.00G) apply.
  • UMD may request, but not use, or disclose medical information for other purposes unless such disclosure is authorized by the individual or where such disclosure is otherwise required by law.

With best regards,

Ann G. Wylie
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost
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Patty Perillo
Vice President for Student Affairs
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