Pregnancy and Accommodations
Providing Accommodations Under Title IX
Title IX is a federal law which requires schools that receive federal funds to provide reasonable accommodations to students who are pregnant or have pregnancy related conditions. This includes pregnancy, pre-natal doctor appointments, childbirth, false pregnancy, miscarriage, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.
Title IX for Pregnant & Parenting Students
Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 you are entitled to reasonable accommodations for as long as your doctor deems medically necessary.
It will be important to review each student’s situation individually, as reasonable accommodations will be highly dependent on the requirements of individual courses.
Examples of possible reasonable accommodations (when deemed medically necessary) are:
- Excused absences due to pregnancy or related condition
- Reviewing lectures online if available
- Opportunity to make up field / lab work
- Rescheduling of tests or exams
- A larger desk
- Breaks during class, as needed
- Submitting work after a deadline missed due to pregnancy or childbirth
- Providing alternatives to make up missed work
- Assignment of an Incomplete * grade
- Allowing “Withdrawal” * with refund
*If student is eligible
If you would like to review possible reasonable accommodations contact the EOS/Title IX Office for further information.
If you are a UTSA faculty or staff member and require workplace accommodations related to pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions, contact OPE.
- Lactation Rooms
- Child Development Center
- Health Services
- Student Ombudsperson
- University Ombudsperson
- Student Disability Services
- Counseling Center
- Undergraduate Academic Regulations (leave of absence and other policies)
- Graduate Academic Regulations (leave of absence and other policies)
Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students (pamphlet from the US Department of Education)
Pregnant and Parenting Students (National Women's Law Center)