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Pregnant & Parenting

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 pregnant and parenting status.

Absences

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 Equal Opportunity & Title IX. As part of this process, you may work with professors for an opportunity to make up missed work. Please see the Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form below for assistance.

Lactation Space

Individuals may request private space to breastfeed, pump milk, or address other needs related to breastfeeding while on campus. Please contact our office for assistance reserving a lactation and parent resource space using the Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form below.

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

Confidentiality

We are committed to maintaining your privacy. Information you share related to pregnant 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 give us a call at (912) 478-5136.

Additional Resources

You may find additional information about your rights and resources as a pregnant and parenting student through the following links:

Pregnant and Parenting Brochure

Pregnant & Parenting Rights and Resources Card

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students (U.S. Department of Education brochure)

Title IX Coordinator

For more information about your rights, contact the Georgia Southern University Title IX Coordinator:

Amber J. Culpepper, J.D.

(912) 478-5136
aculpepper@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 8/3/2022