Disability Resources

Title IX - Pregnant and Parenting Students

It is the goal of the Maricopa Community Colleges to provide students with the opportunity to succeed in their intended field of study. This includes our students who are pregnant and/or parenting.

Per Maricopa’s Discrimination policy and the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, students will not be discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy. This includes discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. As a result, a student who is pregnant (see above definition), or parenting (a student during a defined postpartum period lasting up to 8 weeks after delivery or with additional medical documentation), may be provided accommodations so that they are not excluded from any education program or activity. These accommodations are determined through a cooperative process between DRS and the faculty member on a case by case basis to determine reasonable accommodations for the student.

If you are a student who is pregnant or under any of the conditions listed above, you may receive accommodations similar to those given to students with a temporary illness when deemed medically necessary. To do so, contact Disability Resources & Services (DRS) at your college campus for consultation. If you need an academic or athletic accommodation due to pregnancy, the DRS will need to provide documentation, from your doctor, regarding your condition.  Medical documentation regarding absences must also be provided through DRS Connect. The staff at your college’s DRS office will work with your faculty member to determine what accommodations can be provided given your circumstances. 

Visit the My.Maricopa.edu DRS page to locate contact information for your college's DRS office or to be linked to DRS Connect. When you register with DRS Connect, make sure to select the “Pregnant and Parenting” services option.

If you are a faculty or staff member at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, you can review information provided on working with pregnant and parenting students. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to reach out to the Title IX Coordinator at your college.