Pregnant & Parenting Students

Accommodations for Pregnant & Parenting Students (Click Here)
UMKC’s Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Affirmative Action is responsible for ensuring that pregnant and parenting students are afforded all the rights available to them under Title IX, including the following:

  • You must be excused for absences related to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as your healthcare provider says it is necessary;
  • Your instructors cannot require medical documentation to support any absences related to pregnancy or childbirth unless they require all absent students to provide such documentation;
  • You must be allowed to make up any assignments, quizzes, or exams without penalty when you return from an absence related to pregnancy or childbirth;
  • You cannot be made to take time off if you choose not to do so.

For information on arranging course accommodations and those related to University employment, visit Accommodations for Pregnant & Parenting Students.

Student Resources (Click Here) – Coming Soon!
The Office of Affirmative Action has compiled a list of resources for students who are pregnant or parenting, including those related to health and wellness, food and necessities, child care, accommodations and discrimination, and general information.

Lactation Spaces on Campus (Click Here)
Missouri law allows for a parent, with discretion, to breastfeed their child in any public location where the parent is otherwise authorized to be, including public spaces on the UMKC campus. However, if you would rather exercise your choice to breastfeed or pump in a private location, the University has options available as listed by the UMKC Women’s Center. Additionally, the Office of Affirmative Action can assist in making alternative arrangements should the listed options not meet your reasonable needs.

Know Your Rights (Click Here)
As a pregnant or parenting student, you are protected from discrimination at UMKC under Title IX. To better understand your rights, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has provided information on classes and University activities, excused absences and medical leave, harassment, policies and procedures, and helpful tips for pregnant and parenting students.

The Pregnant and Parenting Students’ Rights Toolkit (Click Here)
The National Women’s Law Center’s toolkit for pregnant and parenting students outlines the Title IX requirements the University must follow and actions students can take when faced with discriminatory practices.

FAQs for College and Graduate Students (Click Here)
The National Women’s Law Center has provided information on the rights of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX in the form of Frequently Answered Questions.