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3.5 Policy on Assisting Employees with Life Threatening Illnesses

Approved by Administration on April 23, 2002

The University of the Pacific recognizes that employees with life threatening illnesses including but not limited to cancer, heart disease, and AIDS may wish to continue to engage in as many of their normal pursuits as their condition allows, including work.

As long as these employees are able to meet acceptable performance standards, and medical evidence indicates that their conditions are not a threat to themselves or others, supervisors should be sensitive to their conditions and ensure that they are treated consistently with other employees.

At the same time, the University has an obligation to provide a safe environment for all students and employees. Every precaution should be taken to ensure that an employee's condition does not present a health and/or safety threat to others in the work environment.

Consistent with this concern for employees with life threatening illnesses, the University offers the following range of resources available through the Office of Human Resources:

  1. Management and employee education and information on terminal illness and specific life threatening Illnesses.
  2. Referral to agencies and organizations which offer supportive services for life threatening illnesses.
  3. Benefit consultation to assist employees in effectively managing health, leave and other benefits.