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Student Leave and Absences Information

To voluntarily notify the University of your pregnancy condition and request services, please complete the form.

Under Title IX, the University must reasonably excuse your absence related to pregnancy, childbirth, and other related pregnancy conditions so long as your doctor says the absence is medically necessary.

Under Title IX, you may be permitted to reasonably resume your studies in the same status you had before your absences.  That means that you cannot be reasonably penalized for your absence, even if you have missed more classes than the faculty’s policies allow.  Your faculty members may reasonably allow you to make up any missed credit, including participation credit, quizzes, papers, or exams.  Making up work may mean completing the assignments during the semester, or you may need to take an incomplete and complete the assignments later.  Disability Services may provide the reasonable accommodation you are approved for to the faculty member after you have completed their process. Below are a few examples of these types of situations:

  • Samantha gave birth in the last week of classes and missed her final exam.  Samantha’s doctor advised her that recovery is likely to take at least 6 weeks.  Because she was not able to make up the exam before the next semester, Samantha’s professor marked her grade as “incomplete.”  When she has recovered, Samantha takes the exam, the incomplete is removed from her transcript, and she receives full credit for the course.
  • Janet needed to miss a class and recover from a miscarriage. She provided a doctor’s note stating she needed to miss a class for a medical appointment and medically necessary recovery time.  Janet’s professor marks her absence as excused and she can make up her missed participation credits for the day by doing an extra post on her class discussion board. 
  • Chantal’s doctor advised her to pump breast milk on a more frequent schedule because of a breast infection.  To be able to pump, she will have to leave class a few minutes early this week.  Chantal’s professor does not require other students who leave class early to provide notes, so Chantal does not have to provide a note.


Key Questions to Ask

Here are some important things to keep in mind to ask your advisor when preparing for a lengthy leave (a whole semester, or any leave requiring withdrawal):

  • Will the leave change my registration status?
  • If the leave does change my status, will I see a change in:
    • Financial Aid
    • Health Insurance
    • Housing
    • Access to other university benefits, such as transportation, library, or printing privileges?
  • Do I need approvals or forms to apply to take leave?
  • What do I need to do to resume taking classes?
    • When do I need to inform the school that I will return?
    • Do I need to make any special arrangements to register for classes as I normally would?
  • What can I do now to make returning to classes easier?