UAA Support for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Parents

UAA supports pregnant, nursing, and parenting mothers!

UAA Guidelines: Nursing Mothers on Campus

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 ETA seq., (link: https://www.justice.gov/crt/overview-title-ix-education-amendments-1972-20-usc-1681-et-seq) s 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 (link: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs73.pdf) 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 co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

UAA supports the rights of mothers in our educational and work environment, and therefore provides flexibility to allow nursing mothers to express breast milk.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do students request Reasonable Accommodations for Disability during pregnancy or around birth?

What other kinds of accommodation may be available for students who are pregnant or around the birth of their child?

How else are Title IX rights related to pregnancy?

Are accommodations to express milk during a class protected under Title IX?

Where can I breastfeed my baby on campus?

What if the available lactation spaces won’t work for me?

Does UAA have a policy about employees expressing (pumping) milk?

Does UAA have a policy about students expressing (pumping) milk?

What does the law say about breastfeeding in public in Alaska?

Does UAA have a childcare center or lab school? How do I find care near UAA for my child?

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do students request Reasonable Accommodations for Disability during pregnancy or around birth?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not recognize pregnancy as a disability, however, complications related to pregnancy or child birth are recognized as a disability and qualified students who experience a pregnancy related disability may be eligible to receive an ADA reasonable accommodation. If you have questions about whether you are a qualified student or eligible to receive an ADA reasonable accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services (DSS). (link: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/disability-support-services). A student who requests an academic accommodation through DSS will be required to provide medical documentation to support that their request is medically necessary.

 

What other kinds of accommodation may be available for students who are pregnant or around the birth of their child?

Under Title IX, a pregnant student may request an accommodation, such as additional time to finish their course work if they give birth during the semester, bathroom breaks during class, a larger desk, etc. These requests should be made through the Title IX Coordinator in the UAA Office of Equity and Compliance (link: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/about/equity-and-compliance/).  Pregnant students will not be expected to provide medical documentation when they request a Title IX accommodation.

The Department of Education has produced a pamphlet that explains pregnant students’ rights, which include access to the university’s educational programs. (link: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/pregnancy.pdf)

 

How else are Title IX rights related to pregnancy?

It is not acceptable for pregnant students to be deterred from taking a specific course or program because they are pregnant. Students should be informed about the amount of time and effort that is to be expected or course related hazards that may exist, but it’s unacceptable for faculty or staff to prohibit or deter pregnant students from participating in any university related courses, programs, or activities.  

 

Are accommodations to express milk during a class protected under Title IX?

No - employees are expected to be at work for 8 hours a day, therefore it is not reasonable to expect them not to express milk during their scheduled work hours. Because of the nature of class schedules, with classes generally lasting only an hour or two, students will not likely be granted an accommodation to express milk during class time.  

There is an exception if a medical condition requires a mother to express milk at a given time every day. This instance may fall under a complication related disability and the student should contact Disability Support Services to request an ADA reasonable accommodation.  

 

Where can I breastfeed my baby on campus?

You can breastfeed your baby on campus in any location you are “otherwise authorized to be” – this means you are welcome to breastfeed in any public campus location.

If you prefer more privacy, you can also use the UAA Mamava Lactation Pod located in the Student Union, a study room at the UAA/APU Consortium Library (ask at the Circulation Desk), or the practice rooms in the Fine Arts Building.

 

What spaces are available for me to pump or express milk on campus?

The UAA Mamava Lactation Pod is located in the Student Union at the bottom of the stairs near the bookstore.

Study rooms at the UAA/APU Consortium Library can be reserved in advance or accessed as a walk-in – ask at the Circulation Desk.

Practice room in the Fine Arts building are also available to mothers who need a private space.

The School of Nursing has committed to providing Nursing students with a place to express milk in their Graduate Handbook. Contact them (link: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/academics/college-of-health/departments/school-of-nursing/about/contact.cshtml) directly to inquire about a space.

Employees may also negotiate the use of other private, non-bathroom spaces screened from view with their supervisor or the UAA Human Resources Department. These spaces will meet the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act rules about break time for nursing mothers (link: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs73.pdf).

 

What if the available lactation spaces won’t work for me?

We recognize campus is large and time to pump is scarce – if you are unable to access the spaces suggested on this page, employees should speak with their supervisors and students should speak with their professors about accessing a closer space.

Students may also request support from the Dean of Students Office (link: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/dean-of-students/contact-us.cshtml), who will help them find an acceptable convenient location.

If supervisors or professors are not able to provide a space, they should reach out to the building manager (link: www.uaa.alaska.edu/about/administrative-services/departments/facilities-campus-services/_documents/bsc-list.pdf), who may have additional spaces available.

 

Does UAA have a policy about employees expressing (pumping) milk?

Yes. There is an official Lactation Accommodation Policy in the Administrative Services Manual maintained by the Human Resources Department. Contact HR at (https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/about/administrative-services/departments/human-resources/About_HRS/contact.cshtml) to learn more.

 

Does UAA have a policy about students expressing (pumping) milk?

No, there is no policy about students expressing milk. We encourage students to request the flexibility they need to pump and make use of the lactation spaces available on campus.

 

What does the law say about breastfeeding in public in Alaska?

Alaska Statute 29.25.080 Breastfeeding (1998) declares that “a municipality may not enact an ordinance that prohibits or restricts a woman breast-feeding a child in a public or private location where the woman and child are otherwise authorized to be. In a municipal ordinance, “lewd conduct,” “lewd touching,” “immoral conduct,” “indecent conduct,” and similar terms do not include the act of a woman breast-feeding a child in a public or private location where the woman and child are otherwise authorized to be. Nothing in this section may be construed to authorize an act that is an offense under a municipal ordinance that establishes an offense with elements substantially equivalent to the elements of an offense under AS 11.61.123 . This section is applicable to home rule and general law municipalities.”

 

Does UAA have a childcare center or lab school? How do I find care near UAA for my child?

No, UAA does not have a childcare center or lab school either on or affiliated with campus.

The Municipality of Anchorage’s Community and Family Health Division (link: https://www.muni.org/Departments/health/DirectServices/Pages/Child.aspx) and Thread: Commenting Early Care and Education to Alaska (link: http://www.threadalaska.org/) offer resources for families seeking childcare in the Anchorage area.

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