UTEP apologizes after student exposed while breast pumping

El Paso News

UTEP is apologizing after one of its students was left exposed after she was given an unlocked room to breast pump in last month.

“It was humiliating,” Tanya Torres told KTSM. “it was horrible.”

Torres says a university employee promised her a safe, private place to pump on the very first day of orientation. 

Little did she know, she would leave campus that day in total embarrassment.

“I’m a first time mom, you know I didn’t know where to go,” Torres said. “He left the door unlocked, wide open.”

Torres told KTSM she was given a room, but the door was left unlocked — leaving her vulnerable and completely exposed as people walked in.

“I was just there covering myself,” she said. “I didn’t want anyone to see me.”

Catie McCorry-Andalis, the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, isn’t sure who the faculty member who put Torres in the room was, but points out the campus has private lactation rooms available.

“We’re very disappointed, although thankful she came forward with her story,” McCorry-Andalis said, “because we don’t want this to happen to someone else.”

UTEP’s lactation rooms include a chair, children’s toys, and a locking door. McCorry-Andalis says she’s not sure why the employee didn’t provide this space for Torres.

“We took that moment to say, ‘Okay, we gotta do more work on this.'”

Although Torres was glad to hear about the availability of lactation rooms around campus, she won’t forget what happened to her anytime soon.

“Because of all the stress after that I wasn’t pumping, I’m still not pumping the same.”

UTEP has three lactation rooms on campus. Anyone interested can use them at anytime.

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