Kent State faculty and staff who are nursing mothers now have the option of using a lactation room. The resource for new mothers is part of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the federal health care reform law).
The legislation requires employers to provide nursing mothers with reasonable break time to express breast milk for the first year following the birth of a child. A room must also be provided and must be shielded from view, free from intrusion by co-workers and the public, and cannot be a bathroom.
There are several designated lactation rooms on the Kent Campus and one room at each Regional Campus and the Twinsburg Academic Center. Each room has a table and chair and some locations also have a small refrigerator.
Use of the lactation rooms is optional for nursing moms. Employees who wish to use one of the rooms should call the phone number listed for that location prior to your first visit, to make arrangements and determine a schedule.
While the federal legislation does not require employers to pay employees for the time spent nursing, Kent State employees are permitted to use break and lunch time for this purpose. Additional, reasonable breaks will be permitted as needed.
Lactation Room Locations
Alumni Carriage House
(this location also available to students)
Office of the University Architect
Jacquie Mest at 330-672-3880
Kent State University Library
Room 127 and Room 131
Circulation Manager at 330-672-7905
Caroline Tannert at 330-672-4363
Ayesha Jones at 330-672-1625
Center for Adult and Veteran Services
Call 440-964-4312 or 4-4312
Mary Patterson Building
Call 330-382-7425 or 7-7425
Call 440-834-4187 or 4-4187
330-337-4190 or 7-4190
Learning Resource Center
Call 330-244-3231 or 5-3231
330-847-0571 or 5-0571
Science & Advanced Technology Center
330-308-7451 or 4-7451