While the landmark law prohibiting sex discrimination in education has long protected pregnant and parenting students, we know more protections are sorely needed to make Title IX’s promise of gender equity in education a reality. The Pregnant Scholar applauds the Department of Educations’ just-released proposed Title IX regulations as they relate to students who are, or will become, pregnant or parents. While further actions are needed to protect student parents, we encourage the adoption of these draft regulations without delay.
In addition to making changes to the handling of Title IX complaints, and other broad changes, the proposed new rules include several changes to make the rights of pregnant students clearer and easier to safeguard. We provide an overview of some key changes at The Pregnant Scholar, including access to leave for pregnant and birthing students, recognition of lactation as a pregnancy-related condition and set requirements for lactation break time and space, requirement of educational institutions to provide information to pregnant students on their rights, and more.