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.

     b) Childbearing Leave (APM - 760)

            i)  A GSR who bears a child and has served in her title or any other UC academic title for at least 12 consecutive months is entitled to up to 6 weeks of paid leave. A GSR who bears a child and has not served in her title or any other UC academic title for at least 12 consecutive months is entitled to a prorated amount of this paid leave.

            ii)  A GSR who is certified disabled due to pregnancy or childbearing is entitled to up to 4 months of unpaid leave. This leave runs concurrently with the leave in (i) above.

           iii) A GSR who is pregnant is eligible for a temporary transfer or modification of duties if medically necessary and if the transfer or modification can be reasonably accommodated. This transfer or modification does not count against leave time unless it takes the form of a leave or reduced work schedule.

           iv)  A GSR who has accrued vacation leave may use this leave in lieu of unpaid childbearing leave.

      b) Family and Medical Leave (APM - 715)

           i)  A GSR who bears a child and is eligible for family and medical leave is entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This leave runs concurrently with childbearing leave.

          ii)   A GSR who bears a child and is eligible for family and medical leave is entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). This leave is in addition to childbearing leave but may run concurrently with FMLA leave if FMLA leave has not been exhausted.

        iii)   A GSR who bears a child and is eligible for family and medical leave is entitled to continue participation in health coverage (medical, dental, and vision) as if on pay status for up to 12 weeks in a calendar year.

        iv)   All GSRs who meet the eligibility criteria in APM - 715 are entitled to leaves to care for qualified family members or dependents.

        v)   A GSR who has accrued vacation leave may use this leave in lieu of unpaid family or medical leave.

     c) Parental Leave Without Pay (APM - 760) - A GSR is eligible for full- or part-time parental leave without pay for up to 1 year to care for a qualified child. This leave runs concurrently with CFRA leave and must be concluded within 12 months following the child’s birth or placement for adoption or foster care. A GSR who has accrued vacation leave may use this leave in lieu of parental leave without pay.

     d) Active Service-Modified Duties (APM - 760) - A GSR who is responsible for at least 50% of the care of a qualified child is eligible for a temporary reduction of duties (and corresponding reduction in pay) to prepare and/or care for a newborn child or child under the age of 5 newly placed for adoption or foster care. The reduction normally should begin no more than 3 months prior to the birth or placement and should end no more than 12 months after the birth or placement. The total amount of childbearing leave and active service-modified duties status cannot exceed 1 quarter. 

4. Pregnancy Discrimination (Assembly Bill 2350, Bonilla)

It is the policy of the State of California, pursuant to Section 66251, that all persons, regardless of their sex, should enjoy freedom from discrimination of any kind, including, but not limited to, pregnancy discrimination as described in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681, et seq.), in the postsecondary educational institutions of the state.

     a) A postsecondary educational institution, including the faculty, staff, or other employees of the institution, shall not require a graduate student to take a leave of absence, withdraw from the graduate program, or limit his or her graduate studies solely due to pregnancy or pregnancy-related issues.

    b) A postsecondary educational institution, including the faculty, staff, or other employees of the institution, shall reasonably accommodate pregnant graduate students so they may complete their graduate courses of study and research. Reasonable accommodation within the meaning of this subdivision may include, but is not necessarily limited to, allowances for the pregnant student’s health and safety, such as allowing the student to maintain a safe distance from hazardous substances, allowing the student to make up tests and assignments that are missed for pregnancy-related reasons, or allowing a student to take a leave of absence. Reasonable accommodation shall include the excusing of absences that are medically necessary, as required under Title IX.   

     c) A graduate student who chooses to take a leave of absence because she is pregnant or has recently given birth shall be allowed a period consistent with the policies of the postsecondary educational institution, or a period of 12 additional months, whichever period is longer, to prepare for and take preliminary and qualifying examinations and an extension of at least 12 months toward normative time to degree while in candidacy for a graduate degree, unless a longer extension is medically necessary.

    d)A graduate student who is not the birth parent and who chooses to take a leave of absence because of the birth of his or her child shall be allowed a period consistent with the policies of the postsecondary educational institution, or a period of one month, whichever period is longer, to prepare for and take preliminary and qualifying examinations, and an extension of at least one month toward normative time to degree while in candidacy for a graduate degree, unless a longer period or extension is medically necessary to care for his or her partner or their child.

     e) An enrolled graduate student in good academic standing who chooses to take a leave of absence because she is pregnant or has recently given birth shall return to her program in good academic standing following a leave period consistent with the policies of the postsecondary educational institution or of up to one academic year, whichever period is longer, subject to the reasonable administrative requirements of the institution, unless there is a medical reason for a longer absence, in which case her standing in the graduate program shall be maintained during that period of absence.

     f) An enrolled graduate student in good academic standing who is not the birth parent and who chooses to take a leave of absence because of the birth of his or her child shall return to his or her program in good academic standing following a leave period consistent with the policies of the postsecondary educational institution, or of up to one month, whichever period is longer, subject to the reasonable administrative requirements of the institution.


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

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Graduate Division
University Office Building

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

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