Title IX - Preventing Sex Discrimination

Support for Lactating Women

Lactation Support Program

The Lactation Support Program encompasses the accommodations available to expecting and new parents, supporting their transition back into the workplace or classes after the birth of their child. Chico State understands the challenges of leaving your newborn and is committed to easing the transition through accommodations for employee break times and use of campus lactation spaces.

Lactating women have a right to request a reasonable lactation accommodation, including a private space reasonably close to their working and learning environment.

Campus Lactation Spaces

Chico State has several lactation spaces which include access to a chair, table, a nearby sink and electrical outlets.

Lactation Spaces

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  • Meriam Library - Third Floor

    Stop by the front circulation counter on the 1st floor to check out the key before heading upstairs.  Chico State Map link.

    Room Details

    • Two private rooms with locking doors
    • Each room features a comfortable chair, table, mirror, outlets, and a soothing sound machine
    • The east side room also features a sink and may be more comfortable for breastfeeding
    • Users are encouraged to slide the sign from “Vacant” to “Occupied” when using the rooms


    Drop-in during “All Floors Open” hours. For library hours, please check the Library Hours schedule.


    • Walk-Ins Welcome
    • Any CSU, Chico student, faculty, or staff member may check-out a key for two hours at Meriam Library’s Circulation counter on the first floor
    • The key provides access to either room


    The rooms are located on the third floor of the library, adjacent to the women’s restrooms on the east and west sides.

    For questions or assistance, please contact Library Circulation at 530-898-6501.

  • Child Development Lab AJH - 113

    Room Details

    Private room with locking door has two large chairs, a nesting table, electrical outlet and a locker that can be utilized by nursing parents (please bring your own padlock).  Chico State Map link.


    Academic Year Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. After hours/weekends by special arrangement.


    Walk-Ins Welcome Please contact the ASCDL office in AJH 125 or 530-898-5865.

  • Human Resources Benefits Office - KNDL 118

    Room Details

    Private conference room with locking door, table, chairs, and outlets.  Chico State Map link(opens in new window).


    Academic Year Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Summer hours Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


    • By Appointment Preferred 530-898-5436
    • Walk-Ins depending on room availability
  • Nutrition & Food Sciences - Holt 350A

    Room Details

    Private kitchen area with a locking door, chair, small table, outlets, sink and refrigerator.


    Academic Year Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Summer hours: call in advance: 530-898-6805.


    • Walk-Ins Welcome
    • Stop by department office in Holt 369 to access room.  Suggest calling in advance 530-898-6805 to ensure someone is available to open room

You can find lactation locations on the interactive Chico State map(opens in new window) under Services and Inclusive Resources.

If a refrigerator is not available in or near the requested lactation space, you can request alternative cooling options. All lactation accommodation requests, questions or concerns should be submitted or referred to the Title IX office by contacting Regina Bennett at 530-898-4949 during business hours or via email to titleix@csuchico.edu.

If no permanent lactation space exists in a reasonably close location, you can request a temporary lactation space. The University will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations based on available space and resources and will provide a response to your request, including a written notice if a requested accommodation can’t be provided.

Welcoming Spaces

  • Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) - SSC 170

    Room Details

    Kitchen space available with a chair, table and refrigerator, sink, outlet and locking door


    • Academic Year Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Except during finals each semester)
    • After hours/weekends by special arrangement
    • Summer hours MOnday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


    By appointment only. 530-898-5959

  • Gender & Sexuality Equity Center - MLIB 171

    Room Details

    The Rainbow Room is a affirming space for gender noncoforming and/or trans people. Room has locking door, table, couches and outlet.


    Academic Year Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. After hours/weekends by special arrangement.


  • Baby Diaper Changing Stations


    • The women’s and men’s restrooms in Colusa Hall
    • The women’s and men’s restrooms next to the BMU Auditorium
    • Gateway Museum women’s and men’s restrooms
    • Coming Soon: The new physical sciences building

    Find them on the interactive Chico State map(opens in new window) under Services and Inclusive Resources.

CSU Guidelines

Signed into effect on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provides that employers are required to accommodate allocated break time and a location for which new or nursing parents may express breast milk. This provision is inclusive to all lactating women through the first year of the child's life. 

Any questions regarding to CSU interpretation or implementation of PPACA or concerns/questions about requesting a lactation accommodation, contact the Title IX Office at 530-898-4949 or at titleix@csuchico.edu.

Employees may report alleged violations of California Labor Code sections 1033-1034 to the Title IX office or the California Labor Commissioner’s field enforcement unit. Information about CSU’s guidelines regarding break time for nursing parents can be found at CSU Systemwide Human Resources Break Time Regulation for Nursing Mothers (PDF)

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