At Concordia University, we want you to be successful in your educational endeavors and career goals. Under Title IX you have a right to receive appropriate support to assist you in achieving these goals. The following information will provide you, as a student with children, additional details to assure that you continue to be on track with your education during this time.
Often Title IX is seen as prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. However it also extends into supporting students who are pregnant, parenting, and all related conditions. This means that Concordia University is required to give all students who might be, are or have been pregnant the same access to school programs and other educational opportunities that other students have. Your professors or administrators should not tell you that you have to drop out of your classes or program or change your educational plans due to pregnancy.
Your absences due to pregnancy and or any other related condition must be excused as long as your doctor says it is necessary for you to be absent. If you take a leave of absence, you must be reinstated to the status you were before your leave. Like other students who are requesting for an excused absence due to medical reasons, Concordia may require you to submit a doctor’s note explaining this need.
We want you to be successful in the classroom and for that reason, you cannot be penalized for pregnancy and other conditions. If there is a specific “point” system for class attendance, you must be given the opportunity to earn back the credit. You also will be given the opportunity to make up the work that you missed while you were out due to pregnancy or any related conditions, including recovery from childbirth. For example, if you have a doctor’s note that excuses you from class for several weeks because you were on “bed rest” before giving birth, Concordia must provide you with the appropriate assignments and information to make up all of the work that you would have been required to complete while you were out. It is important for you to be in continual contact with your instructor so that you don’t fall far behind in making up this work.
Title IX requires that schools, such as Concordia, provide pregnant students with any special services that they provide to other students with temporary disabilities. This requires the coordination and support of Student Accessibility Services who are able to outline and connect you with the necessary services that are available.
During your pregnancy, you also are allowed to continue your participation in program directed requirements such as internships. However, if you are a graduate assistant, you are considered an employee and your rights are different. In this role, you may be eligible for family or medical leave, may qualify for maternity leave but this may not include leave from your classes beyond what is medically necessary. It is important for you to work with the Human Resources Director if you are a graduate assistant.
Concordia University may not be terminated or reduce your athletic, merit or need-based scholarship funds based on pregnancy. If you stay in school, you can keep your scholarship during the period of its award. At times it may seem like it would be easier to just take the semester off. This is an option but only if your doctor says it is medically necessary. If it is not medically necessary, you must comply with Concordia’s non-medical leave policy.
Once you return to school, if you are nursing, you should be provided with break times for pumping breast milk. Concordia University does have a Mother’s Room that allows you the privacy and space to do this. Contact the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for assistance with gaining access to this space.
Concordia University is also a harassment free school and this includes harassment based on pregnancy. If you experience this sort of treatment at school, please contact the Title IX Deputy Coordinator. The law prohibits retaliation against you for making a complaint or raising a concern. Title IX also may intersect with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADAAA). While pregnancy alone is not considered a disability, if you have complications from pregnancy that significantly limit a major life activity (e.g., ability to walk normal distances, require bed rest, etc) you may be considered for a short term disability under the ADAAA. (Department of Justice, 2010)
If you have questions regarding your rights under Title IX or access to the Mother’s Room, please contact Jason Rahn, Title IX Deputy Coordinator, at 651-641-8706 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions and/or need accommodations while pregnant, please contact Kim Craig at email@example.com.
Last modified: January 25, 2018