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Pregnant and Parenting Student Resources

American University is committed to creating a welcoming, 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.

Students may request reasonable accommodations as a result of pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. 

AM I REQUIRED TO TELL ANYONE ABOUT MY PREGNANCY OR PARENTING STATUS?

Students are not required to inform faculty, staff or any member of the administration of their pregnancy or parenting status, unless they are seeking accommodations. The university wishes to create an environment that encourages voluntary sharing of this information, so that the university can provide support for the physical and mental health of the student.

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

A pregnant student will be allowed to make up any work missed due to medically necessary absences for pregnancy. A student will be offered acceptable alternative arrangements to make up missed work. The student will not be required to complete makeup work until the student's medical-necessary absences for pregnancy are completed.

HOW DO I REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS?

Accommodation requests should be directed to the Title IX office. The Title IX Program Officer will discuss the pregnant or parenting individual's needs and may ask for documentation that supports the requested accommodations. 

A student who has a chronic medical condition as a result of a pregnancy should request accommodations from the Academic Support and Access Center.  

Request from students should be directed to:
Title IX Program Officer
#400 Butler Pavilion
202-885-3310
titleix@american.edu

Requests from law students should be directed to:
WCL Dean of Student Affairs
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
202-274-4052
djaffe@wcl.american.edu

Requests from faculty should be directed to:
Dean of Academic Affairs
Leonard Hall Lower Level
202-885-2125
deanofacademicaffairs@american.edu

Requests from staff should be directed to:
Assistant Vice President of Human Resources
Suite 350, 3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW
202-885-2591
employeerelations@american.edu

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO ME AS A PREGNANT AND/OR PARENTING STUDENT?

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

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, please contact the Title IX Program Officer.