Accommodations for Those with Increased Risk


The Croatian Public Health Institutehas compiled a list of diseases and health conditions that may increase therisk for more severe forms of COVID-19 disease. Extremely vulnerable groups ofpatients are adults and children, regardless of age, with the following healthconditions:

  • Persons who have transplanted solidorgans
  • Persons with certain malignantdiseases:
      • people with malignancies whilereceiving chemotherapy
      • people who have lung cancer and areundergoing radical radiotherapy
      • persons with hematologicalmalignancies and bone marrow malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma,at any stage of treatment
      • persons receiving immunotherapy orother long-term therapy for malignant disease, including T cell therapy withchimeric antigen receptors (CAR-T therapy)
      • people receiving immune system-relatedtherapies such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
      • people who have had a bone marrow orstem cell transplant less than six months ago and are still onimmunosuppressive therapy.
  • Persons with severe respiratorydiseases, including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronicobstructive pulmonary disease (severity of asthma and COPD is defined by thechosen physician, these are primarily people whose disease requires specialisthealth care and permanent therapy under specialist supervision)
  • Persons with rare diseases thatsignificantly increase the risk of infections (e.g. severe combinedimmunodeficiency, children with increased risk of infections due to othersevere forms of primary immunodeficiency, homozygous sickle cell anemia)
  • Persons receiving high doses ofimmunosuppressive drugs (e.g. children and adults at increased risk ofinfections due to immunodeficiency caused by treatment of the underlyingdisease (e.g. iatrogenic immunosuppression after transplantation or severevasculitis)
  • Persons in need of respiratoryassistance including oxygen, suction, non-invasive ventilation or prophylacticantibiotics due to recurrent respiratory infections
  • Pregnant women with severe heartdisease (congenital or acquired)
  • Persons with certain heart diseases:
      • patients with a single ventricle withor without palliative surgery
      • infants with an uncorrected congenitalheart defect (relevant to the nursery)
      • cardiac patients with chronic cyanosis(permanent oxygen saturation <85%)
      • patients with severe cardiomyopathiesrequiring permanent medical treatment
      • patients with congenital heart defectsthat require medication to improve cardiac function
      • patients with pulmonary hypertensionrequiring medical treatment
      • heart transplant patients
      • patients with congenital heart defectswho have other chronic diseases at the same time (e.g. chronic lung or kidneydisease)
  • Other persons classified as highly vulnerable based on the clinical assessment of the chosen physician orclinician

As more is known about COVID-19, and as new information becomes available, the Croatian Public Health Institute will update this list and so will RIT Croatia.

Students with conditions that may place them at a higher risk for COVID-19 infection are to contact the campus Ombudsperson for appropriate accommodations. Accommodations for a full online option will be considered only for students with medical conditions listed above. All accommodation requests must be supported by proper medical documentation.

Faculty and staff who are at an increased risk for illness from COVID-19 infection (as specified in the above list) may request an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of their job. Accommodations will be discussed on an individual basis and final determination will be made by the department heads and the Human Resources Manager.