Must I excuse a student’s absence due to pregnancy, childbirth, abortion, or related conditions?
Yes. Under Title IX these conditions must be allowed to serve as a justification for an absence so long as they are medically necessary or given pursuant to your school’s maternity or disability policy. This is a requirement of federal law and applies regardless of your attendance policy.
An absence is “excused” in that the student may not penalized for taking medically-necessary leave for pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination, related conditions, or recovery therefrom; she must be able to return from her absence in the same status she held before taking time off.