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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

Requests from faculty should be directed to:
Dean of Academic Affairs
Leonard Hall Lower Level

Requests from staff should be directed to:
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Suite 350, 3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW

AU Resources:

Lactation Rooms at AU

AU Child Development Center

WCL Parents Attending Law School

Student Health Insurance Plan

Counseling Center

Undergraduate Academic Regulations (leave of absence and other policies)

Graduate Academic Regulations (leave of absence and other policies)

Community Resources:

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students (pamphlet from the US Department of Education)

Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes (NCAA)

Pregnant and Parenting Students (National Women's Law Center)

Pregnant on Campus Initiative