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Pregnancy & Parenting

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U. S. C. 1681 et seq. is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex -- including pregnancy and parental status -- in educational programs and activities. All public and private schools, school districts, colleges, and universities receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. 

TCU Notice of Nondiscrimination

TCU is committed to providing a positive learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment. TCU prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status and any other basis protected by law, in the University’s programs and activities as required by Title IX, Title VII, The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable laws and regulations.

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant & Parenting Students 

According to the Department of Education Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: 

  • It is illegal for schools to exclude a pregnant student from participating in any part of an educational program; 
  • A school must excuse a student's absences because of pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the student's doctor deems the absences medically necessary. When the student returns to school, the student must be allowed to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before their medical leave began; 
  • Any special services provided to students who have temporary medical conditions must also be provided to a pregnant student; 
  • Title IX prohibits harassment of students based on sex, including harassment because of pregnancy or related conditions. 

--taken from Office of Civil Rights Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students (link).      [Spanish version

Lactation Rooms, All-Gender Restrooms, and Family Restrooms

TCU supports meeting the needs of nursing individuals and provides a dedicated private and quiet space for those nursing. Lactation rooms are available to TCU employees and students. Card access is required and access is granted for one year. Employees should contact the Director of Benefits in TCU Human Resources. Students should reach out to the Associate Director of the Student Health Center to request access to the Lactation Rooms. 

The University also has several all-gender restrooms located across campus as well as family restrooms and diaper changing stations. Please click on the Service link below to show the locations of the lactation rooms, family restrooms, all-gender restrooms, and diaper changing stations on TCU's interactive map. 

Services

Information about and Links to Relevant TCU Offices
  • Brown-Lupton Health Center The Brown-Lupton Health Center's mission is to promote, maintain, and restore the student's physical and mental health. To fulfill that mission, the Center offers a variety of services to currently enrolled TCU students including primary care, sexual health services, a full-service allergy clinic, psychiatric care, and nutrition consultations. Please call 817-257-7940 to make an appointment.
  • Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) mission is to advocate and support students impacted by sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking while promoting education and awareness that empowers lasting change in our community. Please call 817-257-5225 to make an appointment.
  • Counseling and Mental Health Center The Counseling and Mental Health Center provides psychological treatment and recovery services for TCU students with mental health or psychological concerns. The goal of the Center is to provide support and assistance to TCU students, in order to facilitate a successful university experience. Please call 817-257-7863 if you need to speak to someone at the Counseling and Mental Health Center.
  • Dean of Students OfficeThe Dean of Students Office is staffed with individuals dedicated to working with faculty, staff, parents, and family members to ensure that each TCU students has an engaging and successful experience during their collegiate time. Their services include: Student support and advocacy; Crisis and emergency response; and Student conduct administration. Please call 817-257-7926 for an appointment.
  • Human Resources TCU provides quality, comprehensive benefits to employees and their dependents. Explore Leave Benefits here. TCU also partners with ComPsych, an Employee Assistance Program. English. Spanish. If you would like to speak to someone in Human Resources, please call 817-257-7790 or email hrbenefits@tcu.edu
  • Student Access and Accommodations TCU Student Access and Accommodation is committed to providing access to students with disabilities at TCU. The Student Access and Accommodation office works with students on an individualized basis to determine appropriate services and reasonable accommodations; works with faculty to facilitate the implementation and understanding of student accommodations; works to connect students and faculty with campus resources and accommodation supports; and works with University partners to increase awareness and provide equal access for all TCU students. Please call 817-257-6567 or email studentaccommodation@tcu.edu for an appointment. 
Additional Resources
Links to Relevant TCU Policies 
Links to Relevant External Policies, Regulations, & Documents