Pregnancy and Parenting
Title IX protects pregnant and parenting individuals from discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Title IX requires equal access and equal participation for pregnant and parenting individuals in educational programs and activities including work, clubs, sports, honor societies, leadership opportunities, and other activities.
Adjustments and assistance
Goodwin will provide reasonable adjustments to pregnant and parenting individuals including, but not limited to:
- Assistance with parking considerations
- Communication and support for reasonable and appropriate breaks for standing, lactation, nursing, etc.
- For access to lactation rooms contact AccessAbility Services.
- Providing support for one’s physical environment
- Requesting an Incomplete in a course when applicable and appropriate
Please know that Goodwin may request information from you including, but not limited to, documentation from a medical professional, to assist in providing the same adjustments, accommodations, and/or support services available to others with similar medical needs.
Harassment and discrimination
The University prohibits harassment of students, faculty, or staff because of pregnancy or related conditions. Harassing conduct can take many forms, including verbal acts and name calling, graphic and written statements, and other conduct that may be humiliating, physically threatening, or harmful.
Particular actions that could constitute prohibited harassment include making sexual comments or jokes about an individual’s pregnancy, calling a pregnant/parenting individual sexually charged names, spreading rumors about the individual’s sexual activity, making sexual propositions, and more.
Discrimination may include, but is not limited to, preventing a pregnant or parenting individual opportunity or access to education or occupational programs or endeavors.
Individuals who experience harassment or discrimination due to pregnancy or parenting are encouraged to report the misconduct to the Title IX and Equity Coordinator.