Pregnant and Parenting Students
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and related conditions—in educational programs and activities that are eligible for federal funding. This means that the College must give all students who might be, are, or have been pregnant the same access to school programs and educational opportunities that other students have. Thus, the College is obligated to provide the following academic adjustments, accommodations, and support:
- Absences due to pregnancy or any related conditions must be excused for as long as the student’s doctors say it is necessary for her to be absent. When the student returns to school, she must be reinstated to the status she held before her leave.
- Faculty who base grades on class attendance cannot penalize a pregnant student for her absence and must allow the student to earn back the credit from the classes missed.
- Students must be given the opportunity to make up the work they miss while absent from class due to pregnancy or any related conditions, including bed rest or recovery from childbirth.
- With medical documentation, students may be provided with a larger classroom desk, access to a designated lactation room, or allowed frequent trips to the restroom.
- Students who are pregnant or dealing with any pregnancy-related conditions must be permitted to continue their off-campus work, including internships and career rotations. The College cannot require a doctor to approve the continuation of these activities unless a note is required of all students with a medical condition.
Private breastfeeding and lactation space is available for Reynolds students. The purpose of the room is to enable them to "pump" expressed milk for later use once they physically return to work and/or are attending classes. The lactation rooms are located at:
Downtown Campus in Room 343
Parham Road Campus in Georgiadis Hall, Room 228
Lactation Room Procedures
- Students, faculty and staff wishing to use the room must visit the Office of Student Life to register and receive an access card. The card allows the individual to access the room any time they are on campus and the room is not occupied.
- The room will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
- When the room is in use, a sign must be placed on the door that says in use and the door should be locked.
- Individuals must bring their own equipment and no items can be stored in the room.
- Surfaces should be wiped down once the individual is done using the room. The sign should also be removed and placed in the room.
- When the individual no longer needs to use the room, she should return the card to the Office of Student Life. Cards will be deactivated at the end of every semester.