In alignment with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972and with the California Education Code, Section 66281.7, it is the policy of the University of California at Berkeley to not discriminate against or exclude any person on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions, and to provide reasonable accommodations to students as appropriate.
Resources for all (students and employees)
University Health Services provides information about breastfeeding supports on campusThere is also a map and list available of lactation rooms on campus.
To file a complaint of discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions, please contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) in any of the following ways:
If you encounter difficulties with your request accommodations due to pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination can offer support and assistance. Please reach out to discuss your accommodation request.
Resources for students
Under Title IX, students have the right to request reasonable accommodations due to pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions. These accommodations may include, but are not limited to, excused absences; adjustments to class sessions, exams, tests, project deadlines, field trips, and any other required activities; the opportunity to make up work missed for pregnancy-related reasons; extension of normative time for academic milestones; and parental leave.
Please visit the Academic Accommodations Hub for more information:
If a student has a need for accommodations, arrangements should be made with the course instructor. The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD), the campus Title IX Office, can be a resource for you in understanding your rights and options and support you in making a plan for continuing your education. Resources are also available at the Student Parent Center
Schools must treat pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, and recovery therefrom the same as any other temporary disability with respect to any hospital or medical benefit, service, plan, or policy for students. Students may also contact the Disabled Students' Program for assistance with accommodations due to pregnancy or related conditions.
The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights provides a Discrimination Based on Pregnancy and Related Conditions fact sheet with more information.
For graduate and professional students, the Graduate Division provides information on support available for parents and caregivers
The Pregnant Scholar (unaffiliated with UC Berkeley) is a website that provides information for students and employees.
Resources for employees
The Be Well at Work Faculty/Staff Work/Life website hosts information about caregiver support resources, as well as information on family-friendly benefits and policies; childcare; caregiving for elders; parenting resources, and more.
For non-academic employees, People & Culture provides information about the Family & Medical Leave Act, Pregnancy Disability Leave, the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDL), Supplemental Family and Medical Leave
The UCNet website provides information about what to do if you are having a baby under Compensation and Benefits, as well as information about the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
The Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare provides information for Senate Faculty about family-responsive policies, dependent care resources, partner and spouse employment, health and wellness programs, and back-up childcare.
For Senate Faculty, many supports (leaves, duty modifications, and resources) are available to people who are new or expectant parents, parenting or caregiving. You can find information about leaves and duty modifications on the Academic Personnel Office website, including Childbearing and Parental/Family Bonding Leave for Senate Faculty. You can consult with the Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty about these supports.