Allow the student to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities even though they are pregnant. This means that the student can still participate in advanced placement and honors classes, school clubs, sports, honor societies, student leadership opportunities, and other activities, like after-school programs operated at the school.
Allow the student to choose whether they want to participate in special instructional programs or classes for pregnant students. They can participate if they want to, but NKU cannot pressure them to do so. The alternative program must provide the same types of academic, extracurricular and enrichment opportunities as NKU’s regular program.
Allow the student to participate in classes and extracurricular activities even though they are pregnant and not require them to submit a doctor’s note unless NKU requires a doctor’s note from all students who have a physical or emotional condition requiring treatment by a doctor. NKU also must not require a doctor’s note from the student after they have been hospitalized for childbirth unless it requires a doctor’s note from all students who have been hospitalized for other conditions.
Provide the student with reasonable adjustments, like a larger desk, elevator access, or allowing them to make frequent trips to the restroom, when necessary because of their pregnancy.
Excuse absences due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the student’s doctor says it is necessary.
Allow the student to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before their medical leave began, which should include giving them the opportunity to make up any work missed while they were out.
Ensure that instructors understand the Title IX requirements related to excused absences/medical leave. Instructors may not refuse to allow the student to submit work after a deadline they missed because of pregnancy or childbirth. If an instructor’s grading is based in part on class participation or attendance and a student missed class because of pregnancy or childbirth, they should be allowed to make up the participation or attendance credits they didn’t have the chance to earn.
Provide pregnant students with the same special services NKU provides to students with temporary medical conditions. This includes homebound instruction/at-home tutoring/independent study.
Protect the student from harassment based on sex, including harassment because of pregnancy or related conditions. Comments that could constitute prohibited harassment include making sexual comments or jokes about pregnancy, calling the student sexually charged names, spreading rumors about the student’s sexual activity, and making sexual propositions or gestures, if the comments are sufficiently serious that it interferes with the student’s ability to benefit from or participate in NKU’s program.
Have and distribute a policy against sex discrimination. It is recommended that the policy make clear that prohibited sex discrimination covers discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.
Adopt and publish grievance procedures for students to file complaints of sex discrimination, including discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status.
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