Pregnant and Parenting Student Information
Bismarck State College (BSC) supports and accommodates pregnant and parenting students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (June 23) from the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, “Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students.”
Pregnant and parenting students are entitled to all programs and activities sponsored by the college. BSC departments and units must not discriminate against a student based on the following:
· False pregnancy
· Termination of the pregnancy; and
· Recovery from any of these conditions.
Student Absence due to Pregnancy
A student’s absence because of pregnancy or childbirth must be excused if the student’s doctor deems the absence medically necessary.
If absences are due to pregnancy, faculty must allow a student to submit work after the deadline and earn class attendance and participation points. The faculty member will work with the student to determine how to make up missed work and points.
A school may offer the student alternatives to making up missed work, from which the student should be allowed to choose. Possible alternatives include the following: retaking the semester; taking part in an online format to complete the course; or continuing at the same pace, finishing at a later date by allowing the student additional time in a program.
Services for Pregnant/Parenting Students
Pregnant students will be provided with special services that are provided to those who have a temporary medical condition. At Bismarck State College, Student Accessibility will determine and coordinate appropriate services. Students must submit a Temporary Medical Conditions Form. Medical documentation will also be requested through BSC’s Student Accessibility Services.
Pregnant students may be allowed additional services based upon functional limitations imposed by the pregnancy. Examples may include requiring a larger desk and being allowed frequent trips to the bathroom.