Helpful Guidelines for Faculty when providing support measures to pregnant students?

What are support measures?

  • Support measures are also known as interim measures or support services are non-disciplinary, non-punitive, and individualized services that the University offers and put in place without fee or charge after receiving notice of possible violations of its Title IX and Sexual Misconduct policies.
  • Support measures are designed to restore and preserve equal access to the University’s educational and work programs or activities without unreasonable burden on the other party.
  • Support measures for pregnant students may include excusing absences, allowing make up work, alternative class participation arrangements, and preferred seating are some examples.

Helpful Tips Faculty Can Utilize

  • Amend Attendance Policy: Include information in their syllabi that address absences related to pregnancy or childbirth. This includes excused absences due to pregnancy and childbirth
  • Excused Absences: Faculty must allow pregnant or parenting students to submit work after deadlines and make up missed assignments (including class participation activities) when absences are due to pregnancy or childbirth
  • Alternatives for Class Participation: Offer alternative test dates, class assignments, or change sections (i.e. move to online or virtual class settings)
  • In class arrangements: Preference seating, use of alternative seating, Allow classroom breaks

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View the Dept of Education Pregnancy & Parenting Guide