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