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  • NJ S1489
  • Ensures equal rights and opportunities for pregnant students in institutions of higher education.*
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(5/19/2016)
Crossed Over
(9/15/2016)
Passed
(11/14/2016)
Signed
(1/9/2017)
Dead/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 this 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, 2nd Reading in the Senate, 2nd Reading in the Senate to Concur with Assembly Amendments, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate, Women and Children
Approved P.L.2016, c.88.  (on 1/9/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/9/2017 S Approved P.L.2016, c.88.
11/14/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (36-0)
9/26/2016 S Received in the Senate, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
9/15/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (76-0-0)
9/15/2016 A Substituted for A1465 (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)
3/14/2016 A Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
3/14/2016 S Passed by the Senate (40-0)
3/7/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
3/3/2016 Senate Higher Education Hearing (10:00 3/3/2016 Committee Room 7, 2nd Floor)
2/16/2016 S Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 11/14/2016 Senate Floor: Amend 36 0 4
Detail 9/15/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 76 0 4
Detail 9/15/2016 Assembly Floor: Substitute For A1465 Aca (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 5/19/2016 Assembly Women and Children Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 1
Detail 3/14/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 40 0 0
Detail 3/3/2016 Senate Higher Eduction Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 1