Pregnant and Parenting Students

The College’s Equal Education Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy (41002) makes clear that discrimination is prohibited against persons on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. The legal prohibition against sex discrimination in education comes from, among other places, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (“Title IX”). Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and related conditions—in educational programs and activities that are eligible for federal funding. This means that the College must give all students who might be, are, or have been pregnant the same access to school programs and educational opportunities that other students have. Thus, the College is obligated to provide the following academic adjustments, accommodations, and support:

  • Absences due to pregnancy or any related conditions must be excused for as long as their doctors say it is necessary for them to be absent. When the student returns to school, she must be reinstated to the status she held before their leave.
  • Faculty who base grades on class attendance cannot penalize a pregnant student for her absence and must allow the student to earn back the credit from the classes missed.
  • Students must be given the opportunity to make up missed work, with the goal of having the students graduate on time, if possible and if desired by the students. Montgomery College is required to let students make up the work they missed while absent from class due to pregnancy or any related conditions, including bed rest or recovery from childbirth. It is recommended that for an extended absence, the students and professor work together to keep up with regularly scheduled assignments.
  • With medical documentation, students may be provided with a larger classroom desk, a designated lactation room, or allowing frequent trips to the restroom.
  • Students who are pregnant or dealing with any pregnancy-related conditions must be permitted to continue their off-campus work, including internships and career rotations. We cannot require a doctor to approve the continuation of these activities unless a note is required of all students with a medical condition.
  • These rules supersede any school- or instructor-based attendance or other policies regarding allowable numbers of absences or ability to make up missed school work.

In an effort to proactively provide continuing support to our faculty and students and ensure compliance; a dean, faculty member, pregnant or parenting student who needs information or assistance with arranging academic or other related adjustments and support should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Christopher Moy at 240-567-5412, or christopher.moy@montgomerycollege.edu. For questions or concerns about Title IX or other non-discrimination related compliance matters, please contact Mr. Moy.

Specific information on supporting the academic success of pregnant and/or parenting students is available at the U.S. Department of Education.

Information and materials regarding Title IX’s prohibition against discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions is available at the National Women’s Law Center.

Mamava Lactation Suites

Montgomery College has installed Mamava Lactation Suites for new mothers to nurse their babies or to express breast milk. Help to get the word out that Mamava Lactation Suites are located on all three campuses in the following locations.

Between High Technology and Science Center 103-104
Science Center South Lobby–Near 110
Between Catherine F. Scott Commons 112-114 and
Between Cafritz Foundation Arts Center 216 and student lockers

The Mamava Lactation Suite Locator "Mamava On-the-Go" is a free app to find the Mamava or other public nursing room nearest you. It is available in iOS and Android versions. The College's Mamava Lactation Suites are visible on the app. Mothers who are pumping or breast feeding will need to self-identify and contact the Title IX Coordinator, Mr. Christopher Moy, at 240-567-5412 for access.

The Title IX coordinator will issue a proximity card to the mother with a mutually agreed upon     expiration date, which can be extended upon request. The proximity card is compatible with the campus lock system. Use of the Mamava is first come, first served. Mothers are responsible for their own pump, ice packs for storage, and paper products. The restroom is close. For more information, see www.mamava.com.

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