If you are a student who is pregnant, it’s important to know you have a right to continue your education. In fact, a federal law called Title IX protects pregnant students and their significant others from being discriminated against due to pregnancy.
A case manager in NWTC Disability Services is here to assist you. With a little planning and flexibility, you can continue your education, focus on your health, and achieve your goals!
What to expect as a pregnant student under Title IX:
Reasonable Accommodations – As you move along in your pregnancy, you may need adjustments in the classroom to better fit your learning needs. Some examples may include (but are not limited to) a larger desk and break times to stand, walk, and use the restroom.
Excused Absences – Missing class can set you behind, but sometimes it’s unavoidable, especially as you near your due date. Be sure to keep open lines of communication with your instructor during your pregnancy so they can help you get caught back up.
Adjusted Deadlines – Instructors will work with you to develop a plan based on your due date. That might mean working ahead in your class or receiving extensions on test, exams, and assignments. Open communication with your instructor and case manager is important.
Pressing Pause – Sometimes it may be in your best interest to take some time off from classes while you’re pregnant. Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to learn more about how your time off will affect your timeline for graduation. If you receive financial aid, it will also be important to learn more about what this may mean for your loans.
To begin planning for your pregnancy and due date, connect with a case manager.
You will be connected to a case manager who will serve as a resource throughout your pregnancy. Your case manager will collaborate with your instructors, and help you put a plan in place that works for you and your educational goals.
- Submit the pregnancy documentation form.
This form will need to be filled out by your medical provider and sent to the Disability Services office. It gives us basic information regarding your pregnancy, due date, and any limitations. This is a great time to have a conversation with your medical provider. Be sure to talk about your educational goals and any plans you have to remain engaged in classes, both during and after your pregnancy.
- Exchange of information form.
This form is to be filled out by you and sent to the Disability Services office. Your pregnancy is considered medical information. We are not able to speak with your instructors (or anyone else) without your permission. This form gives permission for your case manager to work with you and your instructors on developing your plan for you.
Early conversations with your medical provider, instructors, and case manager are important. Together we will put a plan in place, but sometimes the unexpected happens. Your case manager and instructors will work with you every step of the way to help you achieve your goals!
Resources for after baby
NWTC offers childcare funding and services to help parenting students achieve academic success. Learn more about how to apply for childcare funding »