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Title IX FAQs

Pregnant and Parenting Students FAQs

Title IX Protections for Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, adoption, and parental status—in educational programs and activities.

Any institution which receives Federal funds, including Pima Community College, must comply with Title IX. Title IX is a federal law, and its requirements supersede any PCC policy (including, for example, instructor attendance policies). Pregnant and parenting students are afforded the same right to complete their classes, activities, and programs as other students. 

Student FAQs

There are two offices at PCC that can help you, depending on your circumstances:

  • Title IX Office – The Title IX office is here to answer any questions you have about your rights as a pregnant student. They can also contact your instructor for you if they aren’t aware of PCC’s federal obligations to pregnant students. Your Title IX contacts are Staci Shea at sshea1@pima.edu or Diane Deskin at sddeskin@pima.edu. Visit PCC’s Title IX page for more information.
  • Access and Disability Resources (ADR) – If you have pregnancy-related complications that lead to a need for considerations of short or long-term disability status, , contact ADR at adrhelp@pima.edu, or 520-260-6688. An ADR specialist can review your documentation and if you qualify for accommodations under ADA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, provide you with reasonable accommodations to mitigate the academic barriers you may encounter due to your disability status. Visit PCC's ADR page for more information on accommodations. 

If you deliver during the semester, you remain covered under Title IX and are guaranteed protections that will allow you to make up any missed course assignments. Depending on the point in the semester that you deliver, you may need to take an “Incomplete” in the class. However, you will still be allowed to complete the class.

Yes. No one at PCC can tell you that you have to drop a class or stop participating in a College-sponsored activity due to your pregnancy.

Yes. You are not prohibited from taking any classes at PCC due to pregnancy. It is highly recommended that you consult with your medical provider if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and are taking a class with this kind of component.

No, your instructor is required to excuse you from class if you have a pregnancy-related appointment.

First, know that it’s possible that your instructor just doesn’t know the federal requirements under Title IX and that PCC’s Title IX office will help you resolve this. Please just contact the Title IX office and we will communicate with your instructor.

Please contact Access and Disability Resources (ADR) to discuss your situation, and to determine if you qualify for reasonable accommodations under ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. You may be referred to Title IX, depending on your situation.

Yes. You do not need to disclose this information to your instructor if you are not comfortable. You can request excused absences/extra time for assignments directly from your instructor due to a medical issue. If your instructor says they cannot accommodate, please contact the Title IX office.

Depending on the amount of time you need, Title IX will assist you OR will reach out to ADR to assist you. ADR will determine if you qualify for short or long-term disability status under ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If qualified, ADR will provide you with reasonable accommodations that your instructor must follow.

You have several options:

  • Contact the Title IX office – Occasionally a member of the PCC community may not understand what the College’s obligations are to you under Title IX. The Title IX office can communicate with that person.
  • Make a formal complaint to the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) – If you feel you have been discriminated against or harassed based on your pregnancy/parenting status, please know that you have the right to file a formal complaint with PCC’s Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR). You can do this by emailing resolution@pima.edu or by using the online complaint form.

Faculty and Activity Leader FAQs

Please contact Staci Shea (sshea1@pima.edu) or Diane Deskin (sddeskin@pima.edu) from the Title IX office at PCC immediately. We will advise you on our federal obligations and the student’s rights. View PCC’s Title IX page for more information. 

Occasionally, a pregnant student may need to request accommodations through Access and Disability Resources (ADR) if they have a pregnancy-related complication that results from, or creates, a short or long-term disability. If this is the case, you will receive a notice of accommodations like you do for all students who are registered with ADR. Visit PCC's ADR page for more information on accommodations.

Yes. You cannot tell a pregnant or parenting student that they can’t be in your class or activity. If you have concerns or questions, please do not bring those to the student. Please contact the Title IX office at PCC for guidance.

Yes. Under Title IX, we are not allowed to prohibit students from taking any courses. Applicable syllabi and program handbooks should include a disclaimer stating that if a student is pregnant or planning to become pregnant, they should consult with their medical provider right away. This is all you should do. Please do not tell a student they cannot take your class based on pregnancy status. If your class includes health waivers, that waiver should be required of all students - pregnant students cannot be singled out.

If a student indicates they will need lab accommodations due to pregnancy and you are not comfortable providing these without official approval, refer the student to ADR.

No. We are obligated under federal law to give excused absences for pregnancy-related doctor’s appointments and other things related to pregnancy and parenting. If you have any situation-specific questions, please contact the Title IX office.

Please first contact the Title IX office for guidance. If a student has needs outside those established by Title IX, the student may be referred to Access and Disability Resources (ADR) to explore accommodations related to disability. You are not to evaluate medical documentation and must follow any ADR accommodations like you would for non-pregnant students.

Thanks for being so willing to accommodate students! Pregnant students don’t have to contact Title IX, however if they feel they need more than you’re able to accommodate or if they, or you, have questions or concerns please contact Title IX. If a student needs disability accommodations, however (i.e. for pregnancy complications), they do need to go through ADR. A student MUST register with ADR and receive documented disability accommodations if they are to use those accommodations in course settings.

Lactation Room FAQs

  • Desert Vista - F-256
  • District - D-227
  • Downtown - C-114
  • East - L-109
  • M&S - MS-124
  • NW - C-335
  • West - AG-35
  • 29th St - 206

Students or official Visitors

  • Desert Vista - Campus Vice President’s Office in Pueblo A-133
  • District - Human Resources (D-102)
  • Downtown - Campus Vice President’s Office in RV-140
  • East - Campus Vice President’s Office in L-239
  • M&S - See front desk
  • NW - Campus Vice President’s Office in A-111
  • West- Campus Vice President’s Office in A-201
  • 29th St - See front desk
  • El Pueblo Adult Learning Center - See front desk
  • El Rio Adult Learning Center - See front desk

Employees

  • Contact Facilities (520-206-2733) and they will add access to the room to your PCC ID card.
The lactation rooms are available to nursing women who are students, employees, or official visitors (i.e. for a meeting or conference, outside auditor who may be on site for several days). Users may access the lactation rooms for the purposes of expressing and storing breast milk.

If you are a student, please contact the office/employee who gave you access to the lactation room. If you are an employee, please contact Facilities at 520-206-2733.

You should be able to get a breast pump for free through your health insurance or medicaid provider. Please contact your provider.

If you are comfortable doing so, please speak with your instructor. Let them know you may be late and why. If you are not comfortable doing this, please let the Title IX office know and we will reach out to your instructor:

  • Students or Visitors - Please contact the office who gave you access to the lactation room.
  • Employees - Please contact Facilities, HR, or your supervisor (depending on the issue).

Contact the Title IX office at:


Please remember that Title IX is a federal law, and we are therefore legally obligated to allow pregnant and parenting students the same rights and opportunities as other students. The Title IX office is happy to answer any questions you have. Please contact us if anything arises!

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