Does Title IX apply to Pregnant Students?
Yes, Title IX's prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex, includes parental, marital, or familial statuses. This means that discrimination on the basis of current pregnancy or past pregnancies are covered.
I am a currently pregnant student and _______________
Title IX requires schools to excuse absences related to pregnancy and/or a pregnancy-related medical condition as long as it is deemed medically necessary by your physician. You should speak with your Professor ahead of time to see what documentation needs to be provided. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Center for Student Accessibility, 859-622-2933, for more information.
Title IX requires that schools allow students to participate in programs or activities, including extracurricular activities, as long as you want. Administrators will not ask for a doctor's note giving permission for you to participate, unless the note is required for other temporary medical conditions or disabilities. If you feel that you can participate in any activity and you are not allowed to participate, it could be a potential violation of EKU's policies. If you have any questions, please contact the Title IX Coordinator for more information.
EKU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, which includes parental, marital, or familial status. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Equity and Inclusion, (859) 622-8020.
EKU will not require any pregnant students to stop working because of their pregnancy. Administrators should rely on their doctor's judgment when it comes to how long they can continue working.
EKU has resources and administrators that can help. For more information, call the Counseling Center to see what services are available. The Counseling Center is located in Whitlock, Room 517. Phone: (859) 622-1303.
If you are a student and have an underlying medical condition which has interfered in your educational goals here at EKU, you may be able to receive a reasonable accommodation through EKU's Center for Student Accessibility.
The Title IX Coordinator released guidance to the faculty-at-large on how they should address the issue of pregnant or expecting students. Additionally, the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL). Please click on the links below.