Title IX - Pregnant and Parenting Students

General Guidelines

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities, this includes pregnancy and parental status. Schools must excuse a student’s absences because of pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the student’s doctor deems the absences medically necessary.

Absence policies in classes must accommodate pregnancy or childbirth-related absences and allow for make-up work. “A teacher may not refuse to allow a student to submit work after a deadline that they missed because of absences due to pregnancy or childbirth. Additionally, if a teacher’s grading is based in part on class attendance or participation, the student should be allowed to earn the credits they missed, so that they can be reinstated to the status they had before the leave.”

Student Rights

  • The right to equal access to schools and activities
  • The right to be excused for absences due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as is deemed medically necessary by the student’s physician
  • The right to resume learning where they left off due to pregnancy-related absences
  • The right to attend class and school activities without submitting a doctor’s note

Student Accommodations

Although pregnancy itself is not a disability, pregnancy-related impairments may qualify as disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Accommodations include, but are not limited to:

  • Excused or extended absences related to medical appointments and/or symptoms or illness related to pregnancy.
  • Excused absences up to 6 weeks or longer per doctor’s recommendations
  • Time/location for breast-pumping
  • Extended coursework deadlines
  • Incompletes/Withdrawals
  • Remote learning options
  • Environmental accommodations (e.g., accessible seating)
  • Health/safety precautions
  • Breaks to attend to pregnancy-related needs

Accommodations may also apply to non-birthing parents who are adjusting their academic responsibilities due to the birth of a child, an adoption, or placement of a foster child during the three-month period after the child enters the home.

The Accommodation Process

  • Pregnant students are encouraged to contact the Title IX Coordinator early in their pregnancy. Accommodations are not granted until the required paperwork is completed
  • The student is responsible for obtaining appropriate medical documentation
  • The Access and Accommodations Office will guide the student in obtaining appropriate medical documentation. Accommodations are determined based on the medical documentation provided
  • The Title IX Coordinator will work with the student and instructors to implement the accommodations

If you are pregnant or recovering from a false pregnancy or termination of a pregnancy, contact the Access and Accommodations Office in the Student Success Center (Room 2200). Email or call (608) 757-7796.

Students can email medical documentation relating to their pregnancy or a relevant event to Title IX Coordinator /


Title IX Contacts

Amanda Fadroski
Access and Accommodations and Title IX Coordinator
(608) 757-7796

Central Campus, Room 2209

Alicia Acker
Career Services and Leadership Development Coordinator
(608) 743-4423

Central Campus, Room 2225

Brad Smith
Title IX Investigator for Students and Employees / Campus Safety Manager
(608) 743-4596

Central Campus, Campus Safety Office, Room 2105

Elaine Schultz
Title IX Investigator for Employees / Talent Management Specialist
(608) 743-4421

Central Campus, District Office

Complaints can be filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR encourages complainants to follow the College’s process prior to filing a complaint with OCR; however, it is not required. Generally, complaints must be filed with OCR within 180 days of the alleged event. Complaints can be filed with OCR via email at and by completing an electronic complaint form at their website.

Blackhawk Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to manage inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator/Equal Opportunity Officer, 6004 S. County Road G, P.O. Box 5009, Janesville, WI 53547-5009, (608) 757-7796 or (608) 757-7773, WI Relay: 711

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