Consideration and Alternative Work Arrangement Requests

Employees with medical conditions that could be exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak should contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Accommodations may include work from home arrangements, adjustments of work schedules, or adjustments of work locations. Employees will be required to provide medical documentation of their condition and how it may be exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak.

UNC Asheville is committed to supporting university faculty and staff who may be at higher risk (or have a household member at higher risk) of severe illness from COVID-19, which generally includes all individuals over the age of 65 and anyone with an underlying medical condition that puts them at high risk.  Please review this link for additional information regarding COVID-19 and the risks associated with it.

Employees who meet high risk criteria (or have a household member who meets these criteria) and for which onsite work could place them further at risk may request alternative work arrangements through the University’s formal request process. Possible alternative work arrangements include minimizing face-to-face contact, modifying job responsibilities to avoid exposure risk, or working remotely if possible. Employees may request these alternate work arrangements by completing the online request form and having their medical provider complete a certification form:

As the pandemic continues, some staff may be asked to work a staggered or flexible work schedule or to work remotely.  Employees approved to work remotely this fall on a part-time or full-time basis should complete a Remote Work Agreement (user will login using OnePort credentials to access the form).



Who are high-risk individuals?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) identifies people as “high-risk” for experiencing greater complications if they contract COVID-19.  As of August 1, 2020, the following information was provided by the CDC regarding high risk categories.

People with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19: