Pregnancy & Parenting Related Support
Georgetown University is committed to creating an 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 adjustments based on general pregnancy needs or accommodations based on a pregnancy-related condition. See below for more information on each process.
What types of adjustments may I request?
Students may request a pregnancy adjustment. Specific adjustments will be handled on a case by case basis and will depend on medical need and academic requirements.
Some examples 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 mothers and fathers) who need to take their children to doctors’ appointments or to take care of their sick children
How do I request adjustments?
Adjustment requests should be directed to the Law Center’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator listed below. The Title IX Coordinator will discuss the pregnant or parenting individual’s needs, and may ask for documentation that supports the requested adjustments.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
How do I request accommodations for pregnancy-related complications?
In certain situations, a student may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation due to a pregnancy-related condition. Accommodation requests should be directed to the Law Center’s Accessibility Services. An Accessibility Services staff member will discuss the pregnant or parenting individual’s needs, and may ask for documentation that supports the requested accommodations.
Mary Ellen Vigeant
Disability Services at GULC