Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex-including pregnancy, parenting, and all related conditions in all educational programs and activities that receive federal funding. Students who might be, are, or have been pregnant must have the same access to programs, activities, and educational opportunities that other students have. Students may not be told to drop out of college or change their educational plans because of a pregnancy.
Absences must be excused due to pregnancy or any related condition for as long as a doctor deems it medically necessary. This holds true even when there are no leave policies for students with other conditions. When a student returns to the university, they must be reinstated to the status held before leaving.
Students must be allowed to make up any work missed while being out due to pregnancy, or any related conditions, including medically necessary "bed rest" prior to giving birth, and recovery from childbirth.
Resources for Pregnant and Parenting Students
- The Student Health Center provides a variety of services for women including pregnancy testing and counseling. For more information or questions about pregnancy testing you may contact the Health Center (757)221-4386
- For pregnancy related accommodations, contact Student Accessibility Services (757)221-2509 or Carla Costello, ADA Coordinator [[cacostello]].
- To file a discrimination complaint related to pregnancy or disability contact the Office of Compliance & Equity (757) 221-3146.