Pregnant & Parenting Students

Title IX prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.

  • Schools cannot exclude pregnant students (or students who have been pregnant) from participating in any part of any educational program, including extracurricular activities and sports.
  • Schools must provide the same special services to pregnant students that they provide to students with other temporary conditions.
  • Students must be protected from sex based harassment.
  • Schools must excuse a student’s absence due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the student’s doctor deems medically necessary. Student must provide documentation from the attending physician.
  • Special instructional programs or classes may be implemented as an option for pregnant or parenting students, but attendance is voluntary, not mandatory.
  • A school may only require a pregnant student or student who has given birth to submit medical documentation for school/program participation only if the same is required for all students with physical or emotional conditions requiring the attention of a physician.
  • Any special services provided to students with temporary medical conditions must also be provided to a pregnant student. For example, tutoring or at home instruction.
  • Ramsey Library 240 is a designated private room for breastfeeding, pumping milk and other issues related to breastfeeding during the school day. Please visit the Title IX Office and receive a key to access Ramsey Library 240.

Additional Resources

For accommodations, you may contact the Office of Academic Accessibility to discuss accessibility resources, request accommodations or voice an access concern:

Office of Academic Accessibility
011 Ramsey Library, CPO #1575
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
828.232.5050
oaa.unca.edu
academicaccess@unca.edu

For Additional Information

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students, Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Pregnant or Parenting? Title IX Protects You From Discrimination At School. Visit the U.S. Department of Education website for a detailed description of your rights.