Resources for Pregnant and Parenting Students

NYU Law facilitates a listserv for pregnant and parenting students who want to connect, build community, and share resources with one another. Request to join the group.

Accommodations During Pregnancy and Childbirth

The University prohibits discrimination based on parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from related conditions in all of its educational programs and activities pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The Law School works with pregnant students and those who have recently become parents to identify reasonable accommodations that are appropriate to each person’s circumstances. Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of the individual, and may include (but are not limited to) exam modifications or deferments, assistance with course load and scheduling, classroom modifications, remote access, and/or taping of classes for absences related to childbirth or pregnancy. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Know Your Rights - Title IX guide to learn more. Both birthing and non-birthing partners are entitled to reasonable accommodations under Title IX.  

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs (law.studentaffairs@nyu.edu) or reach out directly to Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusion Savannah Lynn (Savannah.Lynn@nyu.edu) if you would like to discuss accommodations, or to learn more about other supports available to students who are parents. You can reach out at any time during your/your partner’s pregnancy, but it is recommended to do so as early as you feel is appropriate.

For Law School faculty, administrators, and staff who are pregnant and/or parenting, the Work Life Office coordinates reasonable accommodations. Work Life also has a Parenting at NYU newsletter.

Health Insurance - Pregnancy, Fertility & Birth Control

Both the Basic and Comprehensive student health insurance plans have similar provisions for students or students’ dependents who are seeking healthcare, including prenatal care, delivery, physician and midwife costs, postnatal care, infertility care, abortion procedures, contraception drugs or devices, and sterilization procedures. The cost of a breast pump is also covered with pre-authorization. The difference between the plans is the coinsurance percentage (the percent of costs you pay after you have met your deductible). 

The University also maintains the Graduate Financial Medical Hardship Fund which aims to assist full-time graduate students at NYU who have exhausted insurance and other financial resources and have unusually large, unpaid medical expenses that have caused a financial hardship.

Lactation Room

NYU supports nursing parents who return to school/work and continue to breastfeed their child by maintaining a private space where lactating parents can nurse their child or express milk. Any NYU affiliated nursing parent, including faculty, staff, students, and spouses/partners who are breastfeeding, can register to use this lactation room.

Our dedicated lactation room is located at Vanderbilt Hall, 2nd Floor, next to the women’s restroom. The facility is equipped with a comfortable chair, an electrical outlet, and a table, as well as paper towels, a refrigerator, a Spectra pumping machine, and a sink. There are plans to add a second lactation room in the fall of 2022, at which point this website will be updated with the second location.

In order to receive access to the NYU Law lactation room, please email law.studentaffairs@nyu.edu. The Office of Student Affairs will then provide you with the code for the room, which will allow you to access the space anytime Vanderbilt Hall is open, and direct you to a calendar that is used for scheduling. We will also provide you with further instructions, updates about the room throughout the semester and are available for any additional support that you may need. 

A number of other lactation rooms are located across the NYU campus and are accessible to students, staff and faculty affiliated with any school. This resource may be particularly helpful for dual-degree students or those cross-registered in courses at other schools. The public listing and further details are available at NYU Lactation Rooms (login required).

Housing & Financial Aid

Housing

Family housing accommodations are available at NYU Law, but in limited quantity. Students interested in living on campus should refer to the Family and Partner Housing webpage for more information on eligibility, offerings, and the housing application process.

Financial Aid 

NYU School of Law devotes substantial resources to financial aid, including institutional grants, scholarships, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), and the PILC Summer Funding Program.

Eligible students are packaged with federal student loans based on the Standard Student Expense Budget. Students with dependents or additional expenses, may be eligible for a budget adjustment through the budget appeal process. Pregnant and parenting students are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Financial Services at law.finaid@nyu.edu or (212) 998-6050 to discuss their personal circumstances and receive individualized advising on this and other processes. 

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) supports NYU Law graduates who are committed to public service. Qualifying dependents are accounted for by the program. LRAP deducts $10,000 per qualifying dependent from a participant’s income in considering whether the person has a contribution to make toward their loans. In addition, LRAP coverage continues if a participant is on parental leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and offers 24 months of deferment should a participant opt to take a longer leave from employment, during which time the participant retains their eligibility and can continue to count those months toward their repayment timeline. While LRAP requires full-time employment of 35 hours per week, the program allows participants who are working part-time while caring for a dependent to maintain full eligibility. 

Parenting & Caregiver Support

Students who are parents at NYU Law should feel free to utilize Law School resources to handle issues that may arise. 

Short-Term Absences

For short-term absence from classes due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a child becoming ill or childcare falling through, students should work with their professors as you would for any other short-term absence such as for appointments or illness. The professor will provide guidance on how to catch up in a way that makes sense for the course (such as access to recording, remote attendance, getting notes from a classmate, extended office hours, etc.). If a student is facing issues in coordinating these short-term arrangements with their faculty member(s), they may reach out to Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusion Savannah Lynn (Savannah.Lynn@nyu.edu) for assistance.

Long-Term Absences

For more long-term issues, such as a child’s ongoing health issue which requires a student to miss an extensive amount of course meetings, the student should reach out to the Office of Student Affairs (law.studentaffairs@nyu.edu) to determine the best course of action. 

Course Scheduling

For assistance with scheduling required courses and planning your academic progress as a parenting student, the Office of Academic Services (law.acadservices@nyu.edu) is able to assist and advise. 

University-Wide Caregiver Resources

The University maintains a Students With Children resource page with many resources for seeking childcare, connecting with other parents around the NYU community, and finding fun events to do with children in New York City. Highlights of this page include: 

  • The application for the $300/semester Childcare Subsidy, which all NYU Law student parents are eligible to apply for as long as they are enrolled full-time.
  • A new partnership with Komae, a childcare cooperative app which allows parents to seek childcare and also hosts events for parents and kids alike.
  • A Google Group that serves as a dedicated closed community where parents can communicate about childcare needs.
  • A list of Child Care, After-School and Camp Programs located near campus developed by the Work Life Office.

Community

The Counseling and Wellness Center also runs (depending on interest) a Care for Caregivers counseling group.