Accommodations for Pregnant and Parenting Students
American University is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for pregnant and parenting students.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities including academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs or activities of schools. This prohibition includes discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.
What types of accommodations may I request?
Specific accommodations will vary from student to student. Examples of accommodations may include:
a larger desk
breaks during class, as needed
permitting temporary access to elevators
rescheduling tests or exams
excusing absences due to pregnancy or related conditions
submitting work after a deadline missed due to pregnancy or childbirth
providing alternatives to make up missed work
allowing excused absences for parenting students (both male and female) who need to take their children to doctors’ appointments or to take care of their sick children
How do I request accommodations?
Accommodation requests should be directed to one of the University’s Title IX Coordinators. The Title IX Coordinator will discuss the pregnant or parenting individual’s needs, and will ask for documentation that supports the requested accommodations.
Requests from students should be directed to:
Dean of Students
#408 Butler Pavilion
Requests from law students should be directed to:
WCL Dean of Student Affairs
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW