AS A PREGNANT STUDENT, YOU HAVE RIGHTS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU TO COMPLETE YOUR EDUCATION.
Becoming pregnant in high school or college was likely not part of your plans. And the thought of maintaining your grades, attending class every day, and making it to graduation probably feels overwhelming—maybe even impossible.
But you do not have to go through this alone.
If you are pregnant and enrolled at a public university or high school, you have rights and entitlements—thanks to something called Title IX. These protect you from being unfairly treated because of your pregnancy and ensure that you can succeed during your time on campus.
Here are just some of the rights available to you as a pregnant student:
- You must be given an adequate recovery period after childbirth to make up any missed assignments or exams.
- If you’re an athlete, you can take a redshirt season while pregnant and should not be dismissed from sports teams because of your pregnancy.
- You cannot be penalized for any medically necessary absence by a professor or teacher.
- You have a right to be accommodated with a comfortable testing space within your university or high school while pregnant.
Protection Against Pregnancy-Based Discrimination
Pregnancy-based discrimination can take many forms. The important thing to remember is that as a pregnant student in Colorado, you are protected during your time on campus and any concerns you have can be addressed and resolved.
Here are some examples of pregnancy-based discrimination:
- Anyone discouraging you from continuing your education because of your pregnancy
- Being asked to leave sports teams, leadership or campus clubs because of your pregnancy
- Professors or teachers not responding to your request for necessary deadline extensions
- Not being given an adequate amount of time to complete exams or assignments after childbirth
- Being asked to leave school housing while you’re pregnant
- Negative comments about your future or pregnant status
Alternatives is here to help you navigate this season as you work toward completing your education.
We partner with different organizations that can provide you with free and confidential support and advocacy. Here are a few ways they can help:
- Introduce you to your rights as a pregnant student on campus
- Help you facilitate conversations around absences or other accommodations
- Support communication with your parents, coaches or teachers regarding your pregnancy
- Equip you with email templates for notifying professors and teachers about your pregnancy
- Assist in documenting concerns or violations
- Provide referrals for support throughout your pregnancy by connecting you with organizations that provide prenatal care, diapers, housing and clothes for you and your baby
If you want to know more about your rights and how Alternatives can help you, please click the button below to request a free appointment.
If you need transportation to any of our offices, we also offer free Uber Health rides.
Alternatives also provides free medical and counseling services and support for college or high school students experiencing pregnancy and/or sexual health challenges.
If you are in need of a pregnancy test, ultrasound or STD testing, please call our 24-Hour Helpline at 303.295.2288 or request an appointment.
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