Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, it is unlawful to discriminate against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions, or apply any rules related to a student’s parental, family, or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex. Students have a right to equal access to WSU programs and services and may seek pregnancy-related reasonable modifications like:
- Voluntary leaves of absence/ medical absences,
- Incomplete grades,
- Make-up exams and assignments,
- Breaks during class,
- Ability to bring food/drinks to class,
- Excused absences,
- Larger desks, and
- Elevator access
Access Center and Services
You can request pregnancy-related reasonable modifications by contacting your campus Access Center or Access Services:
If you are experiencing pregnancy-related complications that may constitute a disability:
You may be eligible for additional supports, known as reasonable accommodations, upon submission of verifying documentation. Your campus Access Center or Access Services, listed above, facilitates reasonable adjustments and services to students with disabilities, psychological or medical conditions, or temporary injuries/conditions, to ensure their equal access to WSU programs and activities.
You may request additional support from a variety of university resources. Student affairs employees can help you navigate university policies and academic regulations. The below offices work with university and community partners, to advise students about services, resources, and options that support their success and provide guidance and assistance during times of challenge, crisis, complexity or emergency.
WSU and its employees cannot exclude a pregnant student from participating in any part of its educational programs; discriminate against a student on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery therefrom; treat student athletes with pregnancy-related conditions differently than it treats ill or injured athletes; or adopt rules or regulations that treat students differently based on their actual or potential parental status.
If you believe you are experiencing discrimination or harassment due to pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, or parenting You may contact WSU’s Title IX Coordinator or file a report with WSU Compliance and Civil Rights (CCR). CCR carefully reviews concerns involving discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. CCR conducts investigations and engages in alternative resolution processes, as needed. To file a complaint: