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Pregnancy and Parenting

Title IX prohibits educational institutions from discriminating against students based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.  It also prohibits schools from applying any rule related to a student's parental, familial, or marital status that treats students differently based on their sex.  

Information for Pregnant Students

Texas A&M University - Texarkana does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions.  Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student's doctor.  Students needing assistance should contact the Title IX Coordinator or AVP of Student Affairs.  Students should seek assistance as soon as practically possible - accommodations and assistance will only be provided retroactively in extremely limited situations.  Students may also request accommodations regarding their pregnancy through the AVP of Student Affairs.  Accommodations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  

Title IX does not include absences for child care.  

Continuing Activities During Pregnancy

 Students cannot be excluded from any program or activity based on pregnancy.  A professor or administrator cannot require a doctor's note for continued participation unless required for all students with a medical condition that requires treatment by a doctor.  If the student does provide a note, the University may not second-guess the doctor's advice.  

Some university programs and classes may involve exposure to chemicals, radiation or other circumstances that may be considered harmful to an unborn child.  In these cases, pregnant students or students planning to become pregnant should consult with their health care provider to determine if any additional precautions are needed based on their individual situation.  The student is then encouraged to contact the Office of Compliance and Risk Management to explore appropriate risk reduction options.  


A lactation room is located in University Center in Room 129 near Student Life.  This room is available to all faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus.  
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