The University of Connecticut is committed to maintaining a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living and working environment for all members of the University community. This includes providing support and resources to students, faculty, and staff who are pregnant or caring for children. UConn encourages students who are pregnant to disclose this information to the Center for Students with Disabilities if they are seeking accommodations.
The US Department of Education’s regulation implementing Title IX specifically prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. If you are a pregnant, expecting, or parenting student, UConn has resources to help you.
Expecting students are entitled to engage in the interactive, individualized process to review accommodations, the same as students with other medical conditions, illness or injury. Students may contact the Center for Students with Disabilities for assistance. Please see below for information concerning workplace accommodations.
- Center for Students with Disabilities
The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. CSD may also assist students who have a temporary condition such as pregnancy, which may result in functional limitations.
- Student Services Center (UConn Health)
The Student Services Center at UConn Health serves approximately 900 active dental, medical and graduate students. The team includes the Offices of Student Financial Aid Services, Registrar, Student Health Plan, and Student Affairs and Activities. Additionally, the center oversees the Student Fitness Center, provide resources to students seeking housing and support the many student run programs and organizations at the university.
Faculty/Teaching Professional Responsibilities Regarding Student Accommodations
UConn is committed to help guide faculty and teaching professionals, including teaching assistants, in providing accommodations to assist pregnant and parenting students. The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is vested by the University with the authority to determine whether an accommodation should be provided to a student. In making a decision whether to approve an accommodation, the CSD engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews each request for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case and course-by-course basis. The CSD collaborates with students and their faculty to coordinate approved accommodations and services.
If a faculty member or other teaching professional, including a teaching assistant, believes an approved accommodation constitutes a fundamental alteration of the class objectives or program technical standards, they should contact the student’s Disability Services Provider (DSP) identified in the student’s accommodation letter immediately at (860) 486-2020 or email@example.com.
Further information on the rights and responsibilities of faculty and teaching professionals, including teaching assistants, regarding academic accommodations is available through the CSD Rights and Responsibilities webpage.
Lactation on Campus
The Lactation Policy provides employees and students who are breastfeeding a private place and reasonable break time to express breast milk for their nursing child. This policy is in accordance with relevant laws and regulations regarding breastfeeding in the workplace. Learn more about information on lactation resources.
Student Parent Athletes
The NCAA has compiled a list of resources to inform expecting and parenting student-athletes. These resources include information for both student-athletes and those that support them. For further questions regarding an expecting or parenting student-athlete, refer to your specific team administration and advisors.