Pregnancy

Pregnant Employees

Faculty or staff members who are pregnant and require workplace accommodations may request them through the same process used for medical or disability-related accommodations. Accommodations may include more frequent breaks, limits on lifting, access to places to sit, ergonomic furniture, or other measures that can enable the pregnant individual to work.

To request an accommodation for pregnancy, faculty or staff members should complete the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form and provide it to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (“OEOA”) via email (eeo@northwestern.edu) or fax (847-467-0698). Staff or faculty members are welcome to contact OEOA to discuss the reasonable accommodation process before providing the form or at any time during the process. To speak with an EEO Specialist please call 847-461-7458 or email eeo@northwestern.edu.

Staff members who require leave for pregnancy or childbirth related reasons should contact the Office of Human Resources, Benefits Division at benefits@northwestern.edu or (847-491-7513). Information about employee benefits is available at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/benefits/benefits-contact-information.html.

Pregnant Students

Students who wish to discuss or request accommodations based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition, should contact the Title IX Coordinator, at TitleIXCoordinator@northwestern.edu or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, at DeputyTitleIXCoordinator@northwestern.edu.

Graduate students with children can find additional information and resources at http://www.tgs.northwestern.edu/campus-life/child-and-family-resources/index.html, and may consult with Lesley Lundeen, TGS Family Resource Liaison, at lesley.lundeen@northwestern.edu.

Lactation Rooms and Other Resources

Nursing mothers have access to lactation rooms on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. For information about lactation rooms, please visit: http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/work-life/lactation-rooms/index.html.

For more information on the resources available to parenting students, faculty, and staff, including resources for students with children, childcare options and available subsidies, family and medical leave, and information on flexible work arrangements, contact the Office of Work, Life, and Family Resources at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/work-life/index.html.