Title IX and Pregnancy

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including pregnancy and parental status, in educational programs and activities. Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and be found at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-know-rights-201306-title-ix.html.

A student who is pregnant may:

  • Continue to participate in classes and activities.
  • Receive reasonable adjustments/accommodations due to a pregnancy to ensure participation in classes and activities when necessary.
  • Able to be absent from class due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the student’s doctor says is necessary.
  • Return to the same academic and activities status as before upon returning after being absent, which should include giving the student the opportunity to make up any work missed while away.

Colorado State University must:

  • Ensure that professors/instructors understand the Title IX requirements related to absences. A professor/instructor must allow a student to submit work after a deadline missed because of pregnancy or childbirth. If grading is based in part on class participation or attendance and a student missed class because of pregnancy or childbirth, the student should be allowed to make up the participation or attendance credits.
  • Provide pregnant students with the same reasonable adjustments/accommodations provided to students with temporary medical conditions.


Student Disability Center

The Student Disability Center (SDC) provides adjustments/accommodations for students experiencing pregnancy-related medical complications. If you are a student who is pregnant experiencing pregnancy-related medical complications and need assistance with adjustments/accommodations, contact SDC at (970) 491-6385 or visit https://disabilitycenter.colostate.edu/.

Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity

The Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity (Title IX) assists pregnant students who are not experiencing pregnancy-related medical complications requiring pregnancy-related adjustments/accommodations or who have given birth and continue to require adjustments/accommodations. If you are a pregnant student not experiencing pregnancy-related medical complications or have given birth and need assistance with adjustments/accommodations, contact Title IX at (970) 491-1715.

A student experiencing pregnancy-related medical complications will be assisted by SDC with any required adjustments/accommodations during the pregnancy and birth of a child for the remainder of the semester. If a student requires adjustments/accommodations the following semester after the birth of a child, Title IX will provide adjustments/accommodations and support for incompletes and other resources to finish meeting the requirements of courses taken the semester when the child was born.

Student Case Management and Referral Coordination

Student Case Management & Referral Coordination (Student Case Management) provides crisis prevention and intervention services. In difficult situations such as medical, mental health, behavioral, personal, or family crisis, illness or injury, a student may find it difficult to navigate the resources and services available. Student Case Managers consult with students, faculty, staff, families, and providers to offer guidance on the next best steps. Contact Student Case Management at (970) 491-8051 or visit https://studentcasemanagement.colostate.edu/.

Contact Title IX, SDC or Student Case Management with any questions you may have.