Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational settings. This protection extends to students who are pregnant, have experienced a pregnancy-related condition, or are new parents.
Pregnancy-related conditions include

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • False pregnancy
  • Miscarriage
  • Termination of a pregnancy
  • Conditions arising in connection with pregnancy
  • Recovery from any of the above conditions

Because support cannot be issued retroactively, students who have a pregnancy-related condition should contact the Dean of Students as soon as possible to request support. DOS can issue an initial support letter while waiting for medical documentation from the student.
Information about your pregnancy-related condition is considered part of your educational record, is protected by FERPA, and will not be shared except with those MU personnel who need the information in order to provide academic support to you.
Students who believe they have experience discrimination at MU as a result of a pregnancy-related condition should make a report here.