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 (LINK) for employees. Students should contact UAF Disability Services.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact: Information Desk
Location: Building Map
505 South Chandalar Drive
Contact: Elaine Main
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