University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



Family Friendly Programs for Graduate Students


Summary of UCR Family-Related Benefits for Graduate Students

Below is a summary of the family-related benefits available to UCR graduate students. This summary does not cover all benefits and wellness programs, nor does it supersede the primary documents referenced herein. For a more complete accounting of benefits available to graduate students, refer to the primary documents or contact the Graduate Division or Labor Relations.

1. Benefits for All Graduate Students 

       a) Health Coverage for Dependents-Graduate students are eligible to extend health coverage to qualified dependents through the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP). Contact Student Health Services for more information. 

      b) Participation in the Campus Childcare Program - Subject to classroom availability, all graduate students are eligible to enroll their dependent children in the UCR Child Development Center (CDC), often at reduced rates. Contact the CDC for more information. 

      c) Family Student Housing - Graduate students with families and/or children are eligible to apply for family student housing located adjacent to the campus and the UCR Child Development Center. Contact Housing Services for more information. 

     d) Leaves of Absence and Time to Degree - Students may elect to take a leave of absence for family related reasons and their time to degree is extended if additional time is needed to take exams or complete the degree. There are additional benefits below (Pregnancy Discrimination-AB 2350).

2.  Benefits for Academic Student Employees (ASEs) including Teaching Assistants

      a) Childcare (UC/UAW Contract - Article 4)

              i)  An ASE, who is a registered student with one or more qualified dependents and at least a 25% appointment during a regular academic quarter, is entitled to up to $900 for reimbursable expenses incurred during the appointment period for childcare.

             ii) An ASE who is a continuing student with one or more qualified dependents and at least a 25% appointment during one or more summer sessions is entitled to up to $900 total for reimbursable expenses incurred during the appointment period(s) if they are also a student the preceding Spring and succeeding Fall Quarter.

            iii) All ASEs with qualified dependents are entitled to participate in the UC Dependent Care Reimbursement Program.

      b)Family-Related Leave (UC/UAW Contract - Article 17For details and additional information on leaves consult the UC/UAW Labor Contract (Article 17)  or the Office of Labor Relations.

3. Benefits for Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs)

    a) Childcare - A GSR who has at least a 25% appointment during a regular academic quarter, is entitled for up to $900 for reimbursable expenses incurred during the academic period for childcare. During  the summer they must have at least a 25% appointment during one (or more) summer session(s) and enrolled the preceding Spring and succeeding Fall Quarter.  These are for childcare expenses incurred during the appointment period.  To qualify as a dependent the child must be age 12 or under as of July 1.  For more details and a copy of the reimbursement form contact the Graduate Division at 951-827-3390.

Family and Medical Leaves

A Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) may request leave as provided below. A leave request should be submitted as soon as the need for leave becomes known, whenever possible at least thirty (30) days in advance of the start date, but not less than one (1) working day in advance of the commencement of the leave unless the leave is for an unanticipated personal or family illness. All requests for leave shall be submitted to the GSRs home department's payroll administration for review and signature prior to being  submitted to the Academic Personnel Office. Upon request the GSR will be required to provide appropriate documentation to support the request, including certification from a medical provider.

For the purpose of this policy “family member” is defined as one’s mother, father, sister, brother, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, parent of domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, child, step or foster child (including children of domestic partner).

No period of leave will extend beyond the GSR’s appointment period.

In the event the funding agency or fund source does not provide for leave, or provide sufficient funding for the period approved, it shall be the responsibility of the school or department the student’s appointment is under to provide the funding required. When a student is in a joint/split appointment, leave funding will be proportionate to the percentage of appointment or funding allocation.

Leave for Pregnancy Disability, Childbirth and Related Medical Conditions
GSRs may take up to six weeks of paid leave for pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions for the period prior to, during, and after childbirth.

Students shall continue to receive their current level of support during the six weeks of paid parental leave regardless of the fund source. In the event the fund source does not provide six full weeks of paid leave, it shall be the responsibility of the school(s) the student’s program is under to provide the additional funding required.

Medical/Family Leave
GSRs may take up to four weeks of other paid leave in relation to their own serious health condition, to care for a family member who has a serious health condition, or to care and bond with a newborn child or an adopted/foster child, provided that the leave is taken within twelve months of the birth or placement of the child with the GSR. Students receiving financial support from the University, regardless of the funding source, shall continue to receive their current level of support during this period.

Unpaid Leave
To augment either period of paid leave above, GSRs may take up to two additional weeks of unpaid leave upon approval provided such unpaid leave does not extend beyond the date of appointment.

  

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238
E-mail: graddiv@ucr.edu

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