Faculty, students and staff are protected from discrimination and harassment based on their pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom. In addition, UCR supports its community members with accommodations and resources. UC Riverside offers a variety of resources and accommodations for pregnant and parenting members of our community.
More information can be found in the table below. Please contact the Office of Title IX/EOAA with any questions.
Information for UCR Students
Sometimes, a pregnancy or childbirth may result in an injury or condition that may constitute a disability. For example, gestational diabetes, deep vein thrombosis, and carpal tunnel syndrome typically would constitute a disability. To request pregnancy disability-related accommodations, you must register with Student Disability Resource Center. For detailed information, please visit the Apply for Accommodations webpage.
For other pregnancy related resources, you may fill out a Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form through the Office of Title IX/EOAA.
Information for UCR Staff
The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for their own serious health condition or a family member with a serious health condition, or to bond with a
new child. In addition, California law requires covered employers to provide employees disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition with unpaid, job-protected leave (PDL) and/or accommodations. Learn more about these rights on the CA Civil Rights Department webpage. The University has a policy ensuring accommodations for lactation (PPSM 84)
For information about how to file for pregnancy disability at UCR, including a checklist provided by Human Resources, please visit the UCR Human Resources webpage.
Pregnancy Rights and Nondiscrimination
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et 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. For more information about your rights under Title IX, visit the "Know Your Rights" Office of Civil Rights webpage.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, such as leave and health insurance, and any other term or condition of employment. For more information about Pregnancy in the Workplace, visit the "Pregnancy Discrimination" EEOC webpage.
For information about DOE Discrimination Based on Pregnancy and Related Conditions, please visit the https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/ocr-pregnancy-resource.pdf
For information about UCR Non-Discrimination Policies, please visit the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Policies webpage.
Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form
Click the button below to complete a UCR Office of Title IX, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Pregnancy Accommodations Request Form
Lactation Accommodation Program
In an effort to promote a family-friendly work environment for breastfeeding mothers, UC Riverside has expanded lactation room locations. Effective immediately, faculty, staff and students will have access to eight (8) lactation rooms and alternate options to ensure nursing mothers have access to a private space for lactation purposes. Please visit the Lactation Accommodation Program
Off-Campus Breastfeeding Resources
UC Medical Plans
UC's medical plans have resources including nurselines, counselors and online programs to help you if you have questions about breastfeeding. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling are available at no cost.
Breastfeeding Center at Riverside Community Hospital
The Breastfeeding Center at Riverside Community Hospital is open to the mommies in the community, regardless where you deliver, offering support to any mother and baby having challenges.
California Breastfeeding Coalition
The California Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC), formed in May 2003, serves as an umbrella organization for the 43 regional breastfeeding coalitions located throughout California. The CBC aims, through collaborative efforts, to create a more healthful California through the promotion and support of breastfeeding.
La Leche League International
The mission of the LA Leche League International is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
The Loving Support Breastfeeding program supports the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies without supplements for the first six months and to continue breastfeeding for a minimum of one year.
The Loving Support Breastfeeding Program provides:
- support, encouragement and assistance to all new mothers in order to make breastfeeding successful.
- services to all Riverside County residents
- toll-free, bilingual helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide support and assistance. Staffed by certified lactation educators and lactation consultants
CDC - Breastfeeding
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates throughout the United States and to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices toward the ultimate goal of improving the public's health.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources Breastfeeding Tips and Resources are available along with healthy pregnancy and children's health information.
Eat Healthy While Breastfeeding
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources - Eat Healthy Wile Breastfeeding quick tips will help you find out how to get the nutrients you and your baby need.