To all the women who find themselves pregnant or parenting in college, know that you don’t have to do it alone; there are many people willing to protect you and support you during these stages of your life. Education is valuable, and while having a child and getting an education might seem impossible to do simultaneously, Title IX protects you from any sort of discrimination you might encounter on your journey to education.
· Your school must allow you to participate in classes and extracurricular activities even though you are pregnant.
· Your school must not require a doctor’s note for you to participate in classes and activities unless your school requires a doctor’s note
from all students who have a physical or emotional condition requiring treatment by a doctor.
· Your school must not require a doctor’s note from you after you have been hospitalized for childbirth unless it requires a doctor’s
note from all students who have been hospitalized for other conditions.
· Your school must provide reasonable adjustments when necessary because of your pregnancy (larger desk, frequent bathroom
breaks, elevator access, etc.)
· Your school must excuse absences due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as your doctor says it is necessary (i.e. appointments,
childbirth, maternity leave). This means that your teacher must allow you to submit work after a deadline you missed because of
pregnancy or childbirth. If your teacher grades class participation and attendance, you must be allowed to make up the
participation/attendance points that you didn’t have a chance to earn. Your teacher must allow you the opportunity to make up any
work you missed due to pregnancy.
· Your school must provide you with the same special services it provides to students with temporary medical conditions
(homebound instructions, at-home tutoring, independent study, etc.)
· Your school must protect you from harassment based on sex, including harassment because of pregnancy or related conditions
· Your school cannot terminate or reduce any athletic, academic, or need-based scholarship because of your pregnancy, as long as
you stay in school.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights states:
“We are here to help make sure all students, including pregnant and parenting students, have equal educational opportunities!”
This information was provided by the U.S. Department of Education http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-know-rights-201306-title-ix.html
and the National Women’s Law Center