Title IX: Pregnant and Parenting Students
Many students at TCC choose to start and grow their families while also pursuing their education. It is TCC's priority to support the academic success of pregnant and parenting students and to provide resources to help balance school and family life.
What does Title IX provide for me?
Title IX provides for equal educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students.
It prohibits educational institutions from discriminating against pregnant students based upon their marital status and prohibits discrimination against a student because of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, or recovery from related conditions.
Title IX also provides protections for parents that are raising a child during the immediate post-partum period.
What are reasons I might need to request a pregnancy accommodation or academic adjustment?
The District Title IX Office can help you understand what kinds of accommodations and support are available.
You might seek a Title IX accommodation for pregnancy if you are:
- Experiencing pregnancy symptoms that are interfering with your schoolwork (e.g., morning sickness, fatigue, hyperemesis gravidarum).
- Planning your recovery from delivery (it is recommended you start the accommodation process in advance of your due date) or if you had a complicated delivery and need additional support.
- Suffering from a postpartum mood disorder, such as postpartum depression, anxiety, or panic.
How do I request a pregnancy accommodation or academic adjustment?
The District Title IX Office is available to help you with requests for pregnancy and parenting accommodations.
Submit the Pregnancy and Parenting Accommodations Request Form to get started.
Why is it important to request a Title IX pregnancy accommodation or academic adjustment?
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.
The District Title IX Office will help you navigate this process and help you work with your instructors. Submit the Pregnancy and Parenting Accommodations Request Form to get started!
- 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 your Title IX campus representative with questions or concerns.
Updated April 10, 2023