Pregnant and Parenting Student Rights

TITLE IX:  Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education and in programs and activities that receive federal funding including:

  • Pregnancy;
  • False pregnancy;
  • Termination of pregnancy;
  • Recovery from above listed medical conditions.

RIGHTS:

A pregnant or parenting student has the right to stay in school, so she can meet her educational goals.
 

SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS:

If a student is unable to attend classes or complete academic requirements due to a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, the University will provide that student medical accommodations consistent with services to students who have a temporary disability.  The Office of Disability Accommodations (ODA) will assist the student with all reasonable accommodations to keep his or her academic progress on track. 

Those who have documentation signed by a physician requesting a pregnancy-related accommodation based on medical necessity can seek assistance from the Office of Disability Accommodations (ODA). The Office of Disability Accommodations will review the request issued by the physician to confirm that someone has met the criteria for accommodation, and will work with the student to identify reasonable accommodations, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing preferential seating;
  • Allowing the student to sit or stand as needed;
  • Using a voice recorder;
  • Taking extra time to take tests, quizzes and/or to complete in-class assignments;
  • Excusing absences due to pregnancy or childbirth;
  • Making up missed assignments;
  • Extending assignment deadlines; and
  • Permitting the student to complete missed work.

Contact ODA:

Mr. Scott Dossett
Director, Office of Disability Accommodation
Bond Hall 144, Hattiesburg Campus; Campus Box 8586
Scott.Dossett@usm.edu; 601.266.5024

Additional information regarding the rights of pregnant and parenting students are available on each of the following pages: