Institutions of higher education who receive federal funding, like SMCC, are subject to the standards that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 established. The federal civil rights law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities.
Pregnancy discrimination is specifically included in the definition of sex discrimination. The Office of Civil Rights – the agency charged with enforcing this law – provides very succinct guidance regarding what institutions must do and what institutions must not do to comply with Title IX.
In brief, all pregnant students have the following rights:
Excuse absences due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as a doctor says it is necessary
Accept work after the deadline if the deadline was missed due to pregnancy or childbirth
Allow all work to be made up without late penalty
Provide alternative assignments for any part of the grade that includes attendance and/or participation
Provide reasonable adjustments like a larger desk, elevator access (or classroom relocation in the case where no elevator exists), or allowing frequent trips to the restroom when necessary because of pregnancy
For more information visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-know-rights-201306-title-ix.html or scan the QR Code below.