Pregnant, Parenting Students & Employees

Reasonable & Responsive Adjustments


UAF Procedures & Guidelines: Nursing Mothers on Campus

 

Title IX of the education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"). 20 U.S.C. §1681 ETA seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex - including pregnancy and parental status - in educational programs and activities. 

The fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.


Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities During Pregnancy

 

Temporary handicap permits of one month duration are available for HCP spaces on campus for students and employees who become disabled for a short term, including disability due to pregnancy. Temporary handicap permits require written verification of the mobility disability from a physician for insurance and for each renewal requested.

                                                                       

To request other accommodations due to disability, including disabilities due to pregnancy, please fill out the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (CLICK ON THE PDF PICTURE) for employees. Students should contact UAF Disability Services at (907)474-5655, or by TTY at (907)474-1827.


Lactation

UAF supports the rights of mothers in our educational and work environment. Therefore, we will provide flexibility to allow nursing mothers to express breast milk.


Responsibilities of Students & Employees

Requesting flexibility

If you are a nursing mother and wish to request a flexible schedule to express milk during your school or working hours, you should engage in a dialogue with your professor or supervisor; supervisors must provide reasonable break time for an employee to express milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth. You may request paid or unpaid leave or your meal times for that purpose.

Time needed

Usually a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes, three times a day should be sufficient depending on where the lactation room or caregiver is located. Make sure you take under consideration the travel between your work space and the lactation room or caregiver.

Nursing mother room space

If a lactation room is not convenient to your workplace, you may work with your supervisor or UAF (HR or D&EO) to identify a clean, private, comfortable space that can meet your needs. Other items to discuss and consider include an electrical outlet, a comfortable chair, a table for breast pump, access to a sink with running water and paper towels. Since the breast-milk has to be refrigerated during the day, if no refrigerator is available, it is recommended that the mother carry cold packs for personal storage of expressed milk.

Parking adjustments

If you leave campus to breastfeed during the workday, or if a caregiver brings the baby to campus to be breastfeed, and you need a parking space close to your workplace, you may request a temporary adjustment for your UAF parking permit. Please contact D&EO for more information.


Responsibilities of Faculty & Supervisors

Faculty, supervisors and co-workers are reminded to respect and be sensitive to students or employee's choice to nurse or choices a mother makes based on what she considers best for her child.

When a flexible schedule is requested

Faculty is encouraged to work within the UAF procedures and to make the necessary adjustments for the nursing mother who wishes to express milk. Supervisors must provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth. Employees can be granted paid leave, unpaid breaks, or flexibility in their meal time for this purpose.

Amount of time requested

Generally a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes, three times a day should be sufficient for an expressing mother. Additional time should be allowed for travel to and from the lactation room or the baby's caregiver. Extra flexibility on schedule is recommended during the initial weeks following her return to classes or work.

Space requirements

Employers must provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public. In the absence of a convenient UAF lactation room, supervisors will need to identify an appropriate space. The room must provide a clean, private, comfortable space with an electrical outlet. Privacy can be ensured by installing a coded lock or a sign outside the door. Included should be a comfortable chair, a table for the breast-pump, easy access to a sink with running water and paper towels, and anti-microbial wipes. If possible, provide a small refrigerator for storage of the expressed milk. If a refrigerator is not available, the nursing mothers can carry cold packs for personal storage of the expressed milk.

 

Location of Lactation Rooms Available on UAF Campus

Nursing mothers on the UAF campus have access to the following private, dedicated spaces to comfortably and conveniently express milk. 

WOOD CENTER

Contact: Information Desk

Phone: x7211

Location: Building Map

505 South Chandalar Drive

 

BUTROVICH BUILDING

Contact: Elaine Main

E-mail: emain@alasdka.edu

Phone: x8026

Location: Building Map

910 Yukon Drive, Room 206

 

CONTACT D&EO FOR MORE INFORMATION:

907-474-7300  Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity

907-474-7393  Title IX Coordinator

Location: Building Map

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