RISD maintains an existing fair and equitable ADA process by which faculty and staff may request reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their job. Under this policy, any RISD faculty or staff member who is at elevated risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (or who shares a household with someone at high risk), as identified by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, may initiate a request for a job-related accommodation due to the potential threat of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.
While RISD reserves the right to determine if a COVID-related accommodation will be approved, the employee may also consider alternative leave options available to faculty and staff: taking leave without pay, applying for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, or taking paid time off.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Any employee who is at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, or who shares a household with someone at high risk, may submit a written request to RISD Human Resources for a job-related accommodation.
Yes. The employee should contact RISD Human Resources.
RISD is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment with a highly vaccinated population, but recognizes that medical conditions and/or religious objections may make inoculation unavailable to certain individuals. These individuals should contact RISD Human Resources to request accommodations. However, if an unvaccinated employee does not qualify for a medical or religious exemption, and holds a position that does not allow for an unvaccinated person to safely perform their job duties and no opportunities for a transfer to another open position exist, the employee may either be placed on leave without pay, apply for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, or take paid time off.
According to the CDC, the best way to protect unvaccinated family members at home is to get vaccinated yourself. Studies show that fully vaccinated people are less likely to spread the virus to others, even if they do get COVID-19.1 At over 85 percent of the community vaccinated, RISD is a highly vaccinated environment. Community members wanting to protect unvaccinated children at home can take additional precautions, such as wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing. If you continue to be concerned you should contact RISD Human Resources.