How Does Title IX Protect Me?
Title IX protects pregnant and parenting students from discrimination. This includes pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, miscarriage, or recovery from any of these conditions. It is illegal to exclude a pregnant student from any part of an educational program due to their pregnancy and parenting status.
Absences related to pregnancy and childbirth must be excused as long as your doctor deems the absence medically necessary (i.e., for doctor’s appointments, bed rest, recovery, etc.). Documentation may be requested by the Office of Equity & Compliance Programs. As part of this process, you may work with professors for an opportunity to make up missed work.
Individuals may request private space to breastfeed, pump milk, or address other needs related to breastfeeding while on campus. More information on the Nursing Rooms is available at hr.gatech.edu/womens-nursing-rooms.
Accommodations & Adjustments
Any special services provided to students with temporary medical conditions must also be provided to a pregnant student in need of those same services. Reasonable adjustments may include, but are not limited to:
- Larger desk
- Frequent bathroom breaks
- Parking adjustments
- Flexibility with attendance and deadlines
- Makeup/online work
- Incomplete in course
- Course withdrawal or replacement
Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form
For assistance with pregnancy accommodations, please complete our Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form. This will allow us to begin working with you to explore possible accommodations and adjustments to fit your needs. You will also have an opportunity to upload documentation through this form. Documentation may include:
- Appointment confirmations
- Online health portal printout
- ER summary
- Doctor’s note
We are committed to maintaining your privacy. Information you share related to your pregnancy or parenting status will not be shared with others, including your faculty, unless you give us permission to share it. If you have questions about the safeguards in place to protect your privacy before submitting a written request, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-894-5698.