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Title IX also protects pregnant and parenting students and requires equal access and equal participation for pregnant and parenting students in educational programs and activities including work, clubs, sports, honor societies, student leadership opportunities and other activities.

Class/Work Attendance
  • Pregnant and/or parenting students may not be prevented from attending class on the basis of pregnancy.
  • Separate programs or schools for pregnant and parenting students must be completely voluntary and must offer opportunities equal to those offered for non-pregnant students.
  • Absences due to pregnancy or childbirth must be excused for as long as is deemed medically necessary by the student’s doctor.
  • Faculty members must let students make up the work they missed while out due to pregnancy or any related conditions, including recovery from childbirth. If a teacher or professor awards “points” or other advantages based on class attendance, students must be given the opportunity to earn back the credit from classes missed because of pregnancy.
Extracurricular Activities
  • The university must allow pregnant or parenting students to continue participating in activities
  • The university can require a doctor’s note for pregnant students to participate in activities only if it requires a doctor’s note from all students who have conditions that require medical care.
  • NC State prohibits harassment of students because of pregnancy or related conditions.
  • Harassing conduct can take many forms, including verbal acts and name-calling, graphic and written statements and other conduct that may be humiliating or physically threatening or harmful.
  • Particular actions that could constitute prohibited harassment include making sexual comments or jokes about a student’s pregnancy, calling a pregnant student sexually charged names, spreading rumors about her sexual activity and making sexual propositions or gestures.
  • To ensure a pregnant student’s access to our educational program, OIED assists departments in making adjustments to the regular program that are reasonable and responsive to the student’s temporary pregnancy status.
  • Adjustments can include (but are not limited to) providing the student with a larger desk, allowing frequent trips to the bathroom or permitting temporary access to elevators.
  • For more information about adjustments for pregnant or parenting students, please contact OIED.