Title IX Protects Parenting & Expecting Students
PCC is committed to the health and wellness of you and your family. We recognize that a supportive atmosphere is essential for pregnant students and student parents to be successful. More information about the comprehensive resources available at PCC and off-campus for pregnant and parenting students can be found on the Pregnant and Parenting Student.
How Title IX Protects Pregnant & Parenting Students
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. The term pregnancy is used to include childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.
With regards to supporting pregnant students, institutions are required under Title IX to:
- Excuse a student’s absences because of pregnancy or childbirth for as long as deemed medically necessary.
- Afford the same protections to pregnant students as students who have temporary medical conditions.
- Make reasonable and responsive adjustments.
- Allow a student to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities.
- Allow a student to return from their leave to the same academic status as before their leave.
- Offer options for making up the work missed and allow the student to decide.
- Seating assignment near the door (easier to access bathroom)
- Ability to sit rather than stand (especially in lab or similar environments)
- Larger desk
- Extended breaks or exam time (to allow for eating food to control nausea, to use the bathroom, etc.)
- Assistance of note taker to assist with exams (pregnant women more likely to have carpo tunnel)
- Distance learning or teleworking for students on bedrest
- Revised schedules for meetings or group activities
- Parking space closer to classes
- Other options as needed, depending on individualized needs
PCC offers a number of different spaces on campus dedicated to support student and employee parents with their breast, chest, or body-feeding needs. If you have questions about accessing he following spaces or are in need of additional accommodations, please contact email@example.com.