Wright State University offers parenting support to its staff, faculty, and student parents.
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Daycare on campus is provided by the Wright State University Child Development Center(commonly known as Mini University or Mini-U), This Center, first accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in January 1990, offers quality early care and education for children 6 weeks to 12 years old.
Faculty Parental Teaching Relief and Leave Policies
The WSU parental teaching relief policy is described in the Tenure Eligible and Tenured Faculty (TET) Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and the Non-Tenure Eligible (NTE) Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), section 31.6 Additional provisions for faculty parents, such as sick leave and family and medical leave (FMLA), unpaid child-care leave, partial unpaid leave, and probationary period extensions, are also descrbed in these agreements.
Wright State University will grant a paid leave of absence to eligible university staff upon the birth or adoption of a child. Parental Leave is available to employees who:
- are birth or adoptive parents, or are the domestic partner of a birth or adoptive parent;
- have completed a minimum of one year of service as a WSU employee prior to the date the leave is to commence, and
- work at least 75% of full-time based on the most recent 12-month period.
Birth mothers are eligible for six weeks of leave. Fathers, adoptive parents and domestic partners are eligible for three weeks of leave. Paid Parental Leave does not accrue-it is a benefit available when applicable. The leave begins immediately following the birth of an employee’s child, or the adoption of a child under the age of six. Parental Leave is not intermittent, and may only be taken immediately following the birth or adoption.
Parental Leave will run concurrently with Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, except that should an employee’s Parental Leave entitlement exceed his or her FMLA leave entitlement, the Parental Leave will be granted in its entirety. Parental Leave will run concurrently with leave required by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).
Employees should request Parental Leave in advance, when possible, on the Leave Request form forwarding a copy to the Department of Human Resources. Upon making a request for a Parental Leave, the employee may be required to provide documentation to support the impending birth or legal placement of a child.
Questions concerning eligibility should be directed to the Department of Human Resources.
Faculty Adoption Assistance
Faculty Adoption Assistance is described in Section 31.7 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is available on the WSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Web site. The text currently reads:
31.7 Adoption Assistance.
31.7.1 The university will reimburse Bargaining Unit Faculty Members up to $4,000 per child for eligible adoption related expenses upon placement of a minor child in the Member’s home. If two adopting parents of the same adopted child are both eligible for adoption assistance, the total maximum benefit amount for that adoption is $4,000.
31.7.2 Eligible adoptions:
- Adopted children must be under the age of 18.
- The children may be biologically related to either parent.
- Adoptions made through public, private, domestic, international, and independent means are eligible.
31.7.3 Eligible Expenses:
- Agency and placement fees
- Legal fees and court costs
- Required medical expenses for the child prior to adoption (including immunizations)
- Immigration fees
- Translation services
- Transportation and lodging expenses
The following expenses are not eligible:
- Medical examination fees for the adopting parents
- Cost of personal items such as clothing and food for either the parents or the child
- Expenses incurred prior to eligibility for the program.
31.7.4 To receive adoption assistance a Bargaining Unit Member must fill out an application for adoption assistance and turn it in to the Department of Human Resources. (Adoption benefits may carry tax implications so Bargaining Unit Members are encouraged to consult their tax advisor.)
Staff Adoption Assistance
All classified, unclassified hourly, and unclassified employees who have a 75% or greater annual full time equivalent appointment may qualify for reimbursement of certain expenses, up to the lesser of $4,000 or the eligible employee's actual expenses, associated with adoption of a child under the age of 18. Information regarding this benefit is fully described in Wright State University's Adoption Assistance Plan.
Housing for student parents is available in the campus apartment community, The Village. This community designed for students with families or partners offers a choice of several floor plans and a playground and picnic area, in addition to other amenities. To get more information and begin the application process, visit the Residence Services website.
Three lactation rooms are available on campus to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Located in Allyn Hall, Biological Sciences Building and Oellman Hall, the rooms offer a quiet space for nursing. For exact locations and other information, please download the informational flyer (PDF).
Wright Parenting is a student organization that helps student parents while they earn their college degrees. All current or prospective student parents are invited to join. For more information, visit the Women's Center, 148 Millett Hall, or call advisor Cindy Vanzant at (937) 775-4524.