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Pregnant Scholar Calls on Department of Education to Strengthen Title IX

Pregnant Scholar Calls on Department of Education to Strengthen Title IX

In June, the Department of Education released its proposal for new Title IX rules. These regulations, if adopted, will clearly articulate the rights of pregnant students and the steps that colleges and universities nationwide must take to protect them.

Pregnant person holds a megaphone and speaks loudly into it.

The Pregnant Scholar Initiative at the Center for WorkLife Law is proud to have submitted formal comments to the Department of Education regarding the proposed regulations. While we applaud the progress the proposed regulations will bring, they do not reach far enough to protect against all forms of sex discrimination that pregnant and parenting students face. For this reason, our comments contain suggested changes and additions to the rules. The Pregnant Scholar was joined in this effort by hundreds of organizations, advocates, and current/former student parents, and we are grateful for the work of this growing and leaderful community.

To learn more about our recommendations to the Department of Education, check out the following letters we co-authored or supported: 

  1. Comprehensive letter calling for stronger protections for pregnant and parenting students. Co-authored by the Pregnant Scholar and other members of the Federal Advocacy Coalition for Pregnant and Parenting Students on behalf of 27 signatory organizations.  Read the letter here.
  2. Letter on the importance of Title IX lactation accommodations. Written by the Pregnant Scholar in partnership with members of the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee’s Workplace Support Constellation and supported by over 145 organizations and community leaders in the fields of lactation, maternal and infant health and public health fields. Read the letter here.
  3. Pregnant Scholar letter highlighting key areas of concern, including the need to protect pregnancy-related absences, guard student privacy, and to recognize discrimination against student parents as a form of sex discrimination. Read the letter here.
  4. Letter from current and former pregnant and parenting students. This letter features the experiences of current and recent student parents, several of whom worked with the Pregnant Scholar to get the support they needed to finish their education. Read the letter here.

Thank you to all who provided feedback, drafting, and personal comments for these letters! The Pregnant Scholar will continue to provide updates regarding the new rules as they become available. In the meanwhile, colleges and universities looking to prepare for the adoption of these regulations should consult our related Back to School Tools.

If you have additional questions, comments, or concerns, please contact us.

New Title IX Regulations are HERE! To learn more and be the first to receive our updated materials, visit our Title IX Updates page.