(And that goes double for your family.) You aren’t the only one who will find a supportive community at Vanderbilt. Paris, the wife of one of our recent MBA graduates, shared, “Although you may not be from Nashville or have extended family here, Owen becomes your family.”
OWEN PARTNERS ASSOCIATION
The Owen Partners Association helps connect spouses, fiancés, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends and families to the life of the community. Partners are invited to be part of social events and Owen clubs. And we provide resources for job opportunities, child care, local schools and more.
The Academic Programs and Student Life Department supports students who are pregnant and students who are new parents. We provide an array of accommodations to student parents so they can maintain academic success throughout their pregnancy and upon returning to classes after the birth of their child. Accommodations include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Adjusting course loads, section times and enrollment limits where possible
- Providing exam accommodations offering flexibility with the published exam schedule; facilitating an alternate testing environment
- Permitting students to take breaks during classes or exams
- Deferring exams and final projects due to the birth of a child and for related medical issues
- Seating accommodations so students can sit on aisle seats for easy entry/departure
- Parking accommodations so students can park in the surface lots near the school
- Advising students on securing note-takers for classes missed
- Lactation/nursing room access
- Facilitating a short Leave of Absence (LOA) for the birth of a child or for pregnancy health-related concerns
- Liaising with the Owen Partners Association for support and resources
- Facilitating a connection to the Student Access Services for additional accommodations (readers, scribes, etc.)
Please note that accommodations vary by individual and will be determined by the Academic Programs and Student Life team in consultation with the student parent. Students are encouraged to reach out to Academic Programs and Student Life as soon as possible to review accommodation options and to create a plan.
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