Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant Students

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects students in all academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs or activities of schools. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and newborn-parenting students. Specifically, Title IX prohibits schools from excluding a pregnant student from participating in any part of an educational program, including the admissions process, attending classes, and completing coursework. This prohibition applies to all university policies, including the practices of individual instructors.

    So that they will not be disadvantaged in their courses of study or research, reasonable academic accommodations can be granted to students affected by pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, and childbirth. Accommodations may include alternatives for making up missed work and exams and/or alternative assignments to make up for class participation points or attendance requirements. The Title IX coordinator can work directly with a student who identifies herself as pregnant in order to require and retain the medical documentation necessary to identify an approved absence.

    For further information, including those regarding the obligations of IUP generally or those of instructors in regard to this issue, please contact Sondra Dennison, interim Title IX coordinator, at title-ix@iup.edu.