UGA is commited to ensuring that pregnant and parenting students and employees have access to the resources that they need, and that their rights are protected.
Rights of Pregnant and Parenting Students and Employees
Pregnant and parentin students and employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations for as long as their doctor deems medically necessary. Each situation is unique, and reasonable accommodations will be highly dependent on the requirements of an individual's course and/or work environment.
Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Granting incomplete grades for courses to be completed at a later date
- Modifications of the physical environment, such as accessible seating or providing temporary elevator access
- Mobility support
- Allowing more frequent trips to the restroom or breaks for water
- Extending deadlines and/or allowing a student to make up tests or assignments
- Providing temporary disability parking permits
- Providing remote learning opportunities
- Excusing medically-necessary absences
- Granting reasonable time and private space to pump breastmilk
- Providing larger uniforms for athletics or on-campus jobs
- Allowing course drops, medical underloads, medical leaves of absence, or medical withdrawals
- Granting requests from pregnant or nursing students to protect the health and/or safety of the student, pregnancy, or infact (e.g., allowing the student to maintain a safe distance from hazardous substances)
Frequently Asked Questions
From the U.S. Dept. of Education’s “Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972” https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/pregnancy.pdf (PDF)
No. Any such requirement would violate Title IX. A school may offer separate programs or schools for a pregnant student, but participation in those programs or schools must be completely voluntary. A school may provide information to its students about the availability of an alternative program, but it may not pressure a pregnant student to attend that program. A pregnant student must be allowed to remain in her regular classes and school if she so chooses.
If a school offers a voluntary alternative program, that program must provide academic, extracurricular, and enrichment opportunities comparable to those provided to the students in the regular school program. Although an alternative program need not be identical to the regular school program in the specific courses or range of courses, if it provides only vocational-track courses, with no opportunity for advanced academic or college-preparatory classes, it would not be considered comparable. It is critical to provide clear information about what courses are available, how credits are transferred between the regular program and alternative program, and how the student can meet graduation requirements. This helps ensure that any separate programs offered to a pregnant student are both voluntary and comparable to the regular program.
Schools cannot require a pregnant student to produce a doctor’s note in order to stay in school or participate in activities, including interscholastic sports, unless the same requirement to obtain a doctor’s note applies to all students being treated by a doctor. That is, schools cannot treat a pregnant student differently from other students being cared for by a doctor, even when a student is in the later stages of pregnancy; schools should not presume that a pregnant student is unable to attend school or participate in school activities.
Yes. Title IX prohibits harassment of students based on sex, including harassment because of pregnancy or related conditions. Harassing conduct can take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling, graphic and written statements, and other conduct that may be humiliating or physically threatening or harmful. Particular actions that could constitute prohibited harassment include making sexual comments or jokes about a student’s pregnancy, calling a pregnant student sexually charged names, spreading rumors about her sexual activity, and making sexual propositions or gestures. Schools must take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end pregnancy related harassment, prevent its recurrence, and eliminate any hostile environment created by the harassment. The school violates Title IX if sexual harassment or other pregnancy-related harassment by employees, students, or third parties is sufficiently serious that it interferes with a student’s ability to benefit from or participate in the school’s program, and the harassment is encouraged, tolerated, not adequately addressed, or ignored by school employees.
To ensure a pregnant student’s access to its educational program, when necessary, a school must make adjustments to the regular program that are reasonable and responsive to the student’s temporary pregnancy status. For example, a school might be required to provide a larger desk, allow frequent trips to the bathroom, or permit temporary access to elevators.
Yes. Title IX prohibits a school from excluding a pregnant student from any part of its educational program, including all extracurricular activities, such as school clubs, academic societies, honors programs, homecoming court, or interscholastic sports.28 A pregnant student must also be eligible to hold leadership positions in these activities. In addition, a pregnant student may not be excluded from an activity that is part of the school’s educational program even if the activity is not operated directly by the school. For example, an after-school program run by a local nonprofit agency that rents the school’s facilities at a reduced rate and is advertised and promoted by the school may not exclude a pregnant student from enrolling.
Yes. Title IX requires a school to excuse a student’s absences due to pregnancy or related conditions, including recovery from childbirth, for as long as the student’s doctor deems the absences to be medically necessary.30 When the student returns to school, she must be reinstated to the status she held when the leave began, which should include giving her the opportunity to make up any work missed. A school may offer the student alternatives to making up missed work, such as retaking a semester, taking part in an online course credit recovery program, or allowing the student additional time in a program to continue at the same pace and finish at a later date, especially after longer periods of leave. The student should be allowed to choose how to make up the work.
If the school requires students with other medical conditions to submit a doctor’s note, it may require the same from a pregnant student.
Title IX requires a school to provide the same special services to a pregnant student that it provides to students with temporary medical conditions. For example, if a school provides at-home instruction or tutoring to students who miss school because of temporary medical conditions, it must do the same for a student who misses school because of pregnancy or childbirth.
Every school that receives federal financial assistance is bound by Title IX. Schools must ensure that the policies and practices of individual teachers do not discriminate against pregnant students. For example, a teacher may not refuse to allow a student to submit work after a deadline that she missed because of absences due to pregnancy or childbirth. Additionally, if a teacher’s grading is based in part on class attendance or participation, the student should be allowed to earn the credits she missed so that she can be reinstated to the status she had before the leave. Schools should ensure that their teachers and staff are aware of and follow Title IX requirements.
Lactation Room Locations
600 S. Lumpkin St.
Contact: Kathy Coleman
367 Brooks Hall
Amenities: Rocking chair, table, sink
Gilbert Hall - Institute for Women's Studies
210 Herty Dr.
Room provided as needed
Contact: Any Staff Member
Institute for Women’s Studies, Basement Office 16
Amenities: Conference table, padded
320 S. Jackson St.
Room: Basement Room B99C; Frist Aid Room B14
Contact: Jan Hudson
299A Administrative Offices, Office 215
In the First Aid room in the basement of Main Library
Amenities: Chair, table, phone, and bathroom
200 Baldwin St.
Contact: Kristie Sartain
255 Park Hall
Contact: Patty Bradberry
134 Park Hall
Amenities: 2 chairs, table, lamp, refrigerator; room locked at all times so will need to get the key from contact person
Dean Rusk Hall
225 Herty Dr.
Room: 3rd Floor, interior room inside women's restroom
Contact: Nikki Clarke
318 Dean Rusk Hall
Contact: Shawn Lanphere
209 Dean Rusk Hall
Amenities: Chair, table, shower, bulletin board, breast pump wipes
University Health Center
55 Carlton St.
Room: provided as needed for UHC patients while at the Center for an appointment
Contact: Patient Registration and Health Information, 706-542-8617
Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities
330 River Rd.
Contact: Logan Herren
308 Ramsey Center
Amenities: The room has a divider so that it can accommodate two occupants; two chairs and two tables; room remains locked for privacy.
115 DW Brooks Dr.
Room: 135 (Room locked at all times so must get key from Contact person)
Contact: Tonya Harris
280 Dawson Hall
Amenities: Privacy curtain can accommodate 2 occupants; 2 chairs, 2 tables, refrigerator; CD player and acoustic CD; sanitization wipes; across from the women’s bathroom
College of Veterinary Medicine
501 DW Brooks Dr.
Contact: There is a binder-style book at the door where person can reserve the space
Amenities: Chair and table
Forestry Resources Building 2
180 E. Green St.
Room: Interior room (214A) inside Room 214B (women’s bathroom)
Amenities: A chair and a table; interior room inside the women’s bathroom
Science Learning Center
130 Carlton St.
Contact: Kyleigh Weaver
Amenities: Rocking chair, sink, cabinets
Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 S. Lumpkin St
Room: Second floor, Room 257
Contact: Joseph Allen
Amenities: Sink, mini-fridge, lounge chair, Mother’s Room sign, occupied/unoccupied indicator lock
101 Sanford Dr.
Contact: Meg Evans
221 Memorial Hall
Amenities: Chair and table
Tate Student Center
45 Baxter St.
Room: 482A (keypad access)
Contact: Jan Barham, Dean of Students Office, 706-542-7774
Zell Miller Learning Center
48 Baxter St.
Room: Various faculty pre rooms, room remains locked so you must check out a key from contact person
Contact: Miller Learning Center Office, Room 373
Amenities: Chair, table, window. The door does not lock from the inside. Occupant should post the “occupied” sign on the outside of
the door and use the door stop provided
OFF MAIN CAMPUS
Veterinary Medical Center
2200 College Station Road
Contact: There is a binder-style book at the door where person can reserve the space
Amenities: Chair, table, refrigerator
Wright Hall - Health Sciences Campus
100 Foster Rd.
Room: 254 (Room has a combination lock so user will need to contact Betty Blum for access)
Contact: Betty Blum, 706-542-1743
Contact: Carmen Bouwsma, 706-542-3313
Amenities: Chair, table, sink, microwave, bookcase, refrigerator, and network access
2530 Sever Rd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Reserve the room using the room reservation form:
Contact: Jill Rhoden
Amenities: Four chairs and small tables