How to Get Support for Pregnancy and Postpartum
Step 1: Obtain appropriate documentation of your pregnancy from your doctor/medical care professional (see below for details)
Step 2: Schedule an appointment with the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities/Title IX Coordinator by calling 651.846.1357 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your documentation to the meeting and discuss what support you may need to be implemented during/after your pregnancy. Having course syllabi available can be helpful too for planning!
Step 3: After your meeting, communicate with your faculty about what you will miss in class, and what support you need. It’s encouraged that you keep your faculty in the loop as time goes on – and cc’ing the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities/Title IX Coordinator helps too!
Step 4: Contact your faculty if you are experiencing any problems with the supports. If you need further assistance beyond that, contact the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities/Title IX Coordinator.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Title IX? Title IX is a federal law that makes sure schools do not discriminate based on gender. It provides support for students who have experienced gender-based violence and/or who are pregnant.
- If I’m pregnant or recently gave birth, what kind of support is available? Support can include: excused absences, flexible due dates or additional time on assignments, providing larger desks, allowance to sit or stand, etc. In some cases, courses can be switched to online versions of the same course if available.
- Are there limits to Title IX support? Yes. We cannot change core concepts or requirements of the class, not change the fundamental learning outcomes and assessments. You will still need to complete all of the work. We also cannot give you back lost instruction time.
- Do I need documentation to get support from the Title IX Office for pregnancy or recovery? Yes - a letter from your doctor is required for supports through the Title IX Office.
- How long do supports last after I’ve given birth? Supports technically last until the end of your documentation from your doctor. Typically doctors will write their notes like, “Please give ______ 4-6 weeks for recovery.” However, the school recognizes that recovery and adjustment goes beyond just physical recovery. Some supports can continue beyond that period, but only in agreement with the faculty, and they may be significantly more limited.
- When comes to pregnancy or parenting, what situations qualify for Title IX support besides childbirth? If the support is related to your child or pregnancy, and there’s a doctor’s note provided, that would qualify. Some examples may include: complications that require hospitalization or doctor visits, order of bedrest, serious baby illness or injury,
- Is there a private place on campus for me to care for my infant? Room 2166 has been designated as a space for faculty, staff, and student mothers to care for infants. There is a sink, microwave, chair, and electricity source for nursing, feeding, or pumping. The Mother’s Lounge is available during office hours Monday – Friday. Contact Student Life for access. Changing tables are available on the first floor in all gender-neutral restrooms. One is located near the West Entrance and the others are located near the City View Café (cafeteria).