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Accommodations for Pregnancy and Childbirth

The Graduate School of Architecture and Planning (GSAPP) provides reasonable accommodations to Masters students in connection with pregnancy and childbirth.  

Masters students who wish to request reasonable accommodations in connection with either pregnancy or childbirth should contact Danielle Smoller, Associate Dean of Students, Admissions and Financial Aid at GSAPP, at ds89@columbia.edu.  Students with any questions or concerns may also contact Marjory Fisher, Title IX Coordinator, at m.fisher@columbia.edu.

Masters students may request a medical leave of absence during the period of disability in connection with childbirth.  The period of disability is generally six or eight weeks after childbirth, as indicated by the documentation from the certifying health care provider.  Student health insurance will continue during the period of approved medical leave, and students may return to full-time status at the end of this approved medical leave.

If a student expects to miss a substantial amount of the studio curriculum in connection with pregnancy or childbirth, or if a student expects to be on an approved medical leave when a required class is taken that will not be offered except on an annual basis, the student may explore options with Dean Smoller.

The University provides lactation rooms for nursing mothers in a number of locations throughout campus.  For more information please visit Accessing Lactation Rooms on the Columbia University Work Life website.

The University also provides a number of resources for students in the New Parents’ Guide for Students also available on the Columbia University Work Life website.

GSAPP can also work with students who may have specific needs or situations related to pregnancy and parenting. Please feel free to contact Danielle Smoller for assistance.