Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. In accordance with Title IX, students should be permitted to make up any coursework or educational activities/assignments that are missed due to any documented medically necessary absences or conditions that arise during pregnancy and delivery. This includes may doctor’s appointments, medical complications, hospital visits, and delivery. Pregnant students are protected from discrimination based on pregnancy and should be allowed to return to their current status if they take leave as a result of pregnancy.
Two resources from the U.S. Department of Education that may be useful to review include:
OCR’s Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students
OCR’s Dear Colleague Letter dated June 25, 2013
Faculty and Staff
Pregnancy Verification Form