Know Your Rights

Providing Accommodations Under Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that requires schools that receive federal funds to provide reasonable accommodations to students who are pregnant or have pregnancy-related conditions. This includes pregnancy, pre-natal doctor appointments, childbirth, false pregnancy, miscarriage, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.

Title IX for Pregnant Students

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, you are entitled to reasonable accommodations for as long as your doctor deems medically necessary. 

It will be important to review each student’s situation individually, as reasonable accommodations will be highly dependent on the requirements of individual courses. Examples of possible reasonable accommodations (when deemed medically necessary) are:

  • Excused absences for care/recovery
  • Change in exam dates
  • Make-up work and/or assignment extensions
  • Allowing drops and/or withdrawals
  • Assignment of Incomplete grade*

*If student is eligible

Students may submit a request for Title IX pregnancy-related accommodations at www.twu.edu/pregnancy-accommodation-form

If you would like to review possible accommodations with the Associate Vice President for Student Enrichment, Health, & Support at Texas Woman’s University, please complete the Pregnancy Accommodation Form. You can also download the Pregnant and Parenting brochure (pdf).

Policy Statement

It is the policy of Texas Woman’s University (“TWU” or “University”) to maintain a learning environment that is free from discrimination of pregnant or parenting students in accordance with the Texas Education Code, Section 51.982 and other applicable laws; such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (including pregnancy discrimination in education programs or activities; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability (including disabilities based on temporary medical conditions from pregnancy); and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in public schools such as institutions of higher education.

Discrimination Prohibited

Discriminating against pregnant and Parenting Students is prohibited under this policy, as outlined below. The University may not require a pregnant or Parenting Student, solely because of the student’s status as a pregnant or Parenting Student or due to issues related to the student’s pregnancy or parenting, to: 

  • Take a Leave of Absence or withdraw from the student’s degree or certificate program;
  • Limit the student’s studies;
  • Participate in an alternative program;
  • Change the student’s major, degree, or certification program; or
  • Refrain from joining or cease participating in any course, activity, or program at the institution. 
  • For more information and to report concerns contact the Dean of Students Office dos@twu.edu

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