Pregnant and Parenting Students

Under Title IX students who are pregnant, give birth, end a pregnancy, or have a miscarriage must be provided reasonable accommodations so that they can continue their education.

Classes and extracurricular activities:

The university must allow you to participate in classes and other extracurricular activities even though you are pregnant. In addition, they:

  • May not require a doctor’s note to allow you to participate unless they do so for all students who have a physical or emotional condition requiring treatment by a doctor.
  • May not require a doctor’s note to allow you to return to classes or extracurricular activities following childbirth or other medical treatment related to your pregnancy unless they do so for all students who have received medical treatment.
  • Must provide reasonable accommodations to meet your physical needs, including a larger desk, elevator access, and the ability to make frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • Must excuse absences due to your pregnancy or childbirth as long as your doctor says it is medically necessary.
  • Must allow you to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before your medical leave began, which should include the opportunity to make up any work missed while you were out.

Working with your instructors:

  • Your instructor must provide you with reasonable accommodations based on your pregnancy or related medical conditions. Accommodations vary based on the class structure. For instance, courses that require hands-on experience (labs, clinicals) or significant group work will not be able to provide as many accommodations because these experiences are difficult to replicate or replace with equitable alternative assignments or work.
  • If you miss a deadline due to your pregnancy or related medical condition the instructor cannot refuse to let you submit the work later.
  • If your grade is partly based on attendance your instructor must allow you to make up missed points for any absences related to your pregnancy or related medical condition.
  • Your instructor must make reasonable accommodations for you to miss class to pump and/or breastfeed your child.

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