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Family Accommodations and Resources For Graduate Students

UC Merced complies with the UC established policies to provide and promote a supportive workplace culture for family and medical leave accommodations (including maternity and disability) for our graduate students. UC Merced also offers a number of accommodations for graduate students with families.

Students can meet with Disability Services and/or Human Resources (for TA's and GSR's requiring assistance) to discuss their particular situation. The Graduate Division helps to facilitate communication among departments/schools and can guide students toward available resources.

Leave Requests

Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) and Academic Student Employees (ASE) Leave Request Form
Direct all questions to your hiring school and/or to the Academic Personnel Office.

Internal Fellowship awardees (i.e. Eugene Coda Robles, President’s Dissertation, etc.) should contact the Graduate Division.

Longer absences are available (up to 1 year) via the Education Leave Program.

Policies & Information

Family/Gender Neutral Restrooms
First floor of the Classroom and Office Building
Joseph E. Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center
Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center

Child Care 


TAs - Under the current ASE contract, child care reimbursement has been extended to qualified dependents who are age 12 or under on July 1, 2015.

GSRs - Childcare grants are funded by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost as part of the agreement to provide equivalent reimbursement for child care received by Teaching Assistants.


UC Merced Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) - The ECEC provides quality program for parents of young children working at UCM and community members of Merced. The Center provides developmentally appropriate activities and environments for children from infant to Pre-Kindergarten (6 weeks - 5 years). 

Subsidy for low-income UC Merced students and staff is a priority for the Center. Student families receive a minimum of 10% reduction on ECEC tuition.