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  • NJ A1465
  • Ensures equal rights and opportunities for pregnant students in institutions of higher education.*
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(5/19/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill ensures equal rights and opportunities for pregnant graduate students in institutions of higher education. Under the bill, an institution of higher education offering graduate degree programs is: prohibited from requiring a graduate student to take a leave of absence, withdraw from a graduate program, or limit graduate studies solely due to pregnancy or pregnancy-related issues; required to provide reasonable accommodations to a pregnant graduate student to enable the student to complete coursework and research; and required to develop and adopt a written policy for graduate students on pregnancy discrimination and procedures for addressing pregnancy discrimination complaints under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 or under the provisions of the bill. The bill also provides that a graduate student who chooses to take a leave of absence because she is pregnant or has recently given birth, or because of the birth of his or her child in the case of a student who is not the birth parent, must be allowed extension periods to prepare for and take preliminary and qualifying examinations and must be granted extensions toward the normative time to degree while in candidacy for a graduate degree. The bill provides that 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 will return to the graduate program in good academic standing following a leave period consistent with the policies of the institution of higher education or of up to one academic year, whichever period is longer. If there is a medical reason for a longer absence, the student's standing in the graduate program will be maintained during that period of absence. The bill provides that 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 the student's child will return to the graduate program in good academic standing following a leave period consistent with the policies of the institution of higher education, or of up to one month, whichever period is longer.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Substituted by another Bill, Women and Children
Substituted by S1489 (1R)  (on 9/15/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
9/15/2016 A Substituted by S1489 (1R)
5/19/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/19/2016 Assembly Women and Children Hearing (10:00 5/19/2016 Committee Room 9, 3rd Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 5/19/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 1