Expectant or new Parents
As a new or expectant parent, the Office of Title IX Compliance can assist you with reasonable accommodations necessary for your academic success. These accommodations may be provided while a student is pregnant, during any pre-or post-delivery complications, and while the student is breastfeeding.
Reasonable Accommodations for Expectant or New Parents:
Reasonable accommodations are modifications to a student’s classroom environment, schedule, or course delivery method. The goal of the accommodation is to modify the student’s experience to address the condition while not altering the academic objectives or requirements of an individual course. Reasonable accommodations can be provided as long as the student’s medical provider deems medically necessary. Possible reasonable accommodations include but are not limited to:
- Modifications to the physical classroom environment (For example, providing the student with a desk close to exit or larger desk);
- Breaks during class;
- Early access to class assignments;
- Excused absences due to pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions, as recommended by the student’s medical provider;
- Extending deadlines and/or allowing the student to make up tests or assignments missed due to pregnancy and/or a pregnancy related condition.
In addition to reasonable accommodations, a student may also request a withdraw without academic penalty or a medical leave of absence if due to the student’s condition they are unable to complete coursework. A student will be allowed to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before the leave began.
*Please note, the Office of Title IX Compliance will review each student’s situation individually, as reasonable accommodations will be dependent on the requirements of individual courses.
Process for Implementing Reasonable Accommodations
- Contact the Office of Title IX Compliance
Location: Mayer Administration Building, Room 210
- Staff from the Office of Title IX Compliance will request a meeting with the student to discuss their current academic schedule and particular needs related to their condition.
- The Office of Title IX Compliance will request that the student provide medically necessary documentation from the student’s medical provider to support the student’s request.
- Following receiving proper documentation from the student’s medical provider and receiving permission to follow-up with the student’s professors, the Office of Title IX Compliance will contact the student’s professors and outline the requested accommodation
- The student will be encouraged to communicate directly with their professors regarding their needs with the understanding that the Office of Title IX Compliance can assist with that communication throughout the student’s pregnancy (or during the post pregnancy complications).