Southeast Community College is committed to supporting student success for all students.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Title IX also requires an educational institution to excuse a student’s absences because of pregnancy and related conditions for as long as the student’s doctor deems them medically necessary (34. C.F. R § 106.40(b)).
Additionally, Title IX prohibits discrimination based on parental status. Students who are parents are protected from discrimination under parental status (34. C.F. R. § 106.40(a)).
HOW DO I REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS?
If you are a pregnant, parenting, or lactating student and you need academic accommodations, contact the Student Accommodations Resource Center (ARC) office on your home campus to make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your need for accommodations.
HOW ARE ACCOMMODATIONS DETERMINED TO BE REASONABLE?
Accommodations are determined in conjunction with the student, the Student Accommodation’s Resource Office, any appropriate medical personnel and the student’s instructors, and are based on reasonable academic adjustments. Course learning outcomes cannot be altered to meet the needs of the students.
During this interactive process, the ARC Specialist works with the student to devise an accommodations plan tailored to each student’s unique needs. It should also be noted that parenting student rights also extend to male students.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT ACCOMMODATIONS AND WANT TO CONTINUE IN CLASSES?
It is your right to determine if you want to disclose a pregnancy or a related condition. We do find that most students appreciate the resources provided by the College, such as counseling, academic advising, tutoring, and others in continuing their degree.
SCC administrative guideline related to pregnant and parenting students.
The pamphlet, Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, has been prepared by the U.S. Department of Education-Office of Civil Rights for secondary school administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and students. Although this pamphlet focuses on secondary schools, the underlying legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including postsecondary institutions.
The pamphlet provides background on school retention problems associated with pregnant and parenting students. It also provides information on the law's specific requirements regarding pregnancy and parenthood. It also include strategies that educators can use to address the educational needs of students who become pregnant or have children.
Pregnant and Parenting Students Rights: FAQ for College and Graduate Students – Title IX: Although not a disability issue, DSS professionals may be asked about accommodating pregnant students. Prepared by the National Women’s Law Center, this fact sheet for pregnant and parenting students may help answer many common questions.
The Pregnant Scholar Project: This site provides resources for students, postdocs, faculty, administrators, and others in institutions of higher education, including colleges, community colleges, universities, and similar programs. Material at the site is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number (IIA-1449752) and is part of the Center for WorkLife Law at University of California Hastings College of the Law.