Pregnant and Parenting Students
What the Title IX Law Says
Title IX prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Title IX also prohibits a school, college, or university from applying any rule related to a student's parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently based on their gender.
What the Title IX Law Means for You
If you're pregnant, you should notify your instructor as soon as possible so they're aware of absences due to pregnancy or related conditions. Your instructor should then develop a reasonable plan for completing missed coursework or assignments; this can include assignment substitutions, modified due dates or additional assignments.
Any absences related to pregnancy or parenting must be considered medically necessary and can only be excused with the Pregnancy and Parenting Student Excused Absence Form.
- Pregnancy and Parenting Student Excused Absence Form (PDF)Listen: Complete this form with help from your doctor for excused absences.
- Academic Adjustment Agreement Form (PDF)Listen: Work with your instructor to document academic adjustments if you're a pregnant or parenting student.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Get answers to common questions about attending college while pregnant.
- Lactation Room Locations: Find lactation rooms on your campus.
- ADA Accommodations: Contact the Student Accessibility Resources (SAR) office for ADA accommodations.
- Know Your Rights: Read the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights' summary of your rights as a pregnant or parenting student. (Link opens in a new window)
- Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students: Read the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights' pamphlet about Title IX requirements regarding pregnant or parenting students. (Link opens in a new window)
- Contact Title IX Representatives: Contact your Title IX campus representative with questions or concerns.
Updated January 20, 2023