Sexual Assault, Violence and Harassment (Title IX)

Pregnancy and Parental Status of Students

SUNY New Paltz strives to provide all necessary and appropriate measures for our students who are managing pregnancy and parental status. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities.

Students who are pregnant and need to plan their academic or extracurricular participation can seek support through a variety of offices:

You don’t have to wait until you will need a leave. In fact, it is often easier to discuss your future needs as early as practicable so that we can help you and the faculty understand all the possible options. The College provides the following support for pregnant students:

  • Appropriate accommodations will be provided to allow you to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities while pregnant. You can still participate in special classes, school clubs, sports, honor societies, student leadership opportunities, and other activities. Medical documentation is required for programs or activities if a doctor’s note is required of any students who have been hospitalized for other conditions.
  • The College will work with you, faculty, and appropriate administrative offices to coordinate and support the following accommodations (please note that to identify appropriate measures the College may require medical documentation):
    • Excuse absences due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as your doctor says it is necessary.
    • To return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before your medical leave began, which should include giving you the opportunity to make up any work missed while you were out. Academic policies regarding medical leaves and ADA are consulted and applied as appropriate.
    • Reasonable adjustments such as a larger desk, elevator access, or allowing for frequent trips to the restroom due to your pregnancy.

Tips for Pregnant and Parenting Students:

We want to see you succeed and to help mitigate or eliminate barriers so that you can have a full educational experience. We are available to help you navigate policies, discuss options, and put a plan in place that will support you through your pregnancy.

  • Please ask us for help! Come meet with the Title IX Coordinator or Dean of Students regarding what we can do to support you in continuing your education. You don’t have to wait until you will need a leave; in fact, it is often easier to discuss your future needs as early as practicable so that we can help you and the faculty understand all the possible options.
  • Keep notes about your pregnancy-related absences or any concerns, and share these concerns as soon as possible with the Title IX Coordinator or any of the offices listed above.   
  • If you feel we have not met our obligation under Title IX, you can avail yourself of the following processes to address your concern/complaint:
    • Our internal Title IX grievance procedures.
    • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at (800) 421-3481 or ocr@ed.gov, even if you have not filed a complaint with your school. If you file with OCR, make sure you do so within 180 days of when the discrimination took place. If you wish to fill out a complaint form online, you may do so at: http://www.ed.gov/ocr/complaintintro.html.
    • In court, even if you have not filed a complaint with your school or with OCR.