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The Pregnant Student’s Back to School Guide Q&A

board-928378_1920Preparing for a child and for classes to start up in the fall? Don’t worry- we’ve got you covered. Here are some helpful tips from our most recent pregnant and parenting student tool-kit to help make sure that you are ready to rock your college classes this fall!

Q: My professor adjusts grades based on class attendance. Can they lower my grade because I miss classes for pregnancy-related reasons?

No they can’t! Your absences related to pregnancy or childbirth are excused for as long as your doctor says is necessary. This also includes rescheduling midterms AND finals

Q: I talked to my professor and they said that they have strict make-up policies and that I cannot submit work after the scheduled due date. 

Too bad for Professor Grouch, but  grading policies cannot conflict with the law. Title IX requires that universities ensure that all faculty and staff comply with the law and do not discriminate against pregnant and parenting students. So you go ahead and submit that assignment!

Q: Can my university take away my need- or merit-based academic scholarship if they find out I am pregnant?

Nope! If you are pregnant, your university cannot take away your merit based scholarships because of your pregnancy.

Q: I live in on-campus housing. Can my university evict me because I am pregnant?

Your school cannot evict you from on-campus housing during your pregnancy, however, universities are not required to provide on-campus housing for your family.  Some colleges offer a limited number of family housing units. Ask your school’s Title IX Coordinator or other campus official for info about housing for pregnant and parenting students.