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Title Nine

Pregnant and Parenting Students

The College’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy (31006) makes clear that discrimination is prohibited against persons on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. The legal prohibition against sex discrimination in education comes from, among other places, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (“Title IX”). Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and related conditions—in educational programs and activities that are eligible for federal funding. This means that the College must give all students who might be, are, or have been pregnant the same access to school programs and educational opportunities that other students have. Thus, the College is obligated to provide the following academic adjustments, accommodations, and support:

  • Absences due to pregnancy or any related conditions must be excused for as long as their doctors say it is necessary for them to be absent. When the student returns to school, she must be reinstated to the status she held before their leave.
  • Faculty who base grades on class attendance cannot penalize a pregnant student for her absence and must allow the student to earn back the credit from the classes missed.
  • Students must be given the opportunity to make up missed work, with the goal of having the students graduate on time, if possible and if desired by the students. Montgomery College is required to let students make up the work they missed while absent from class due to pregnancy or any related conditions, including bed rest or recovery from childbirth. It is recommended that for an extended absence, the students and professor work together to keep up with regularly scheduled assignments.
  • With medical documentation, students may be provided with a larger classroom desk, a designated lactation room, or allowing frequent trips to the restroom.
  • Students who are pregnant or dealing with any pregnancy-related conditions must be permitted to continue their off-campus work, including internships and career rotations. We cannot require a doctor to approve the continuation of these activities unless a note is required of all students with a medical condition.
  • These rules supersede any school- or instructor-based attendance or other policies regarding allowable numbers of absences or ability to make up missed school work.

In an effort to proactively provide continuing support to our faculty and students and ensure compliance; a dean, faculty member, pregnant or parenting student who needs information or assistance with arranging academic or other related adjustments and support should contact the  Title IX Coordinator, Christopher Moy at 240-567-5412, or christopher.moy@montgomerycollege.edu. For questions or concerns about Title IX or other non-discrimination related compliance matters, please contact Mr. Moy.

More specific information from the U.S. Department of Education regarding supporting the academic success of pregnant and parenting students is available at this link: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/pregnancy.html#_Toc3. More information and materials regarding Title IX’s prohibition against discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions are available at the National Women’s Law Center link http://www.nwlc.org/our-issues/education-%2526-title-ix/pregnant-%2526-parenting-students.

 



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