Title IX - Know Your Rights


Supporting Pregnant & Parenting Students

The U.S. Department of Education regulations concerning pregnancy and related conditions provide that a college that is a recipient of federal funding shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, and false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery from these conditions. In the event that the educational institution does not maintain a leave policy for its students (as in the case of SLCC), or in the event that a student does not otherwise qualify for an institutional leave under the policy, the institution is required to treat such conditions as justification for a leave of absence for so long a period of time as is deemed medically necessary by the student’s physician.

This information is provided both to inform and remind the College community of the institution’s obligation not to discriminate against students on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions.

South Louisiana Community College does not discriminate against persons on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities. 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.

Basic rights under Title IX state that your school must excuse your absence due to pregnancy or childbirth for as long as your doctor says it is necessary. You must have equal access to school and activities, and special services provided for temporarily disabled students must also be provided for pregnant students.

Medically Justified Leave

Under Title IX, it is illegal for schools to exclude a pregnant student from participating in any part of an educational program. Schools may implement special instructional programs, but participation must be completely voluntary on the part of the student.

In addition, 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.

South Louisiana Community 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. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy must be excused for as long as medically necessary. The student must be given the opportunity to make up missed work, with the goal of having the student graduate on time; if possible, and if desired by the student. These rules supersede any classroom based attendance policy/practices regarding allowable numbers of absences.

A school may offer the student alternatives to making up missed work, such as retaking a semester, taking part in an online course credit recovery program, or allowing the student additional time in a program, or allowing the student additional time in a program to continue at the same pace and finish at a later date, especially after longer periods of leave.

Assistance for Pregnant Students

For medically excused absences, pregnant students should contact the Title IX Coordinator, Erika Precht at erica.precht@solacc.edu. For accommodations, the Title IX Coordinator will assist pregnant students in contacting disability services in the Ardoin Building.

Accommodations Request Form

NOTE: Pregnant students are encouraged to seek assistance for excused absences or accommodations as quickly as possible. Some options and accommodations cannot be retroactively applied. Pregnant students seeking assistance during the semester of enrollment will have better options than those notifying the College of their situation after the semester has ended.

ADA/EEO/Title IX/Section 504 Compliance Statements

South Louisiana Community College will not discriminate in any of its admissions, educational programs/activities or employment policies or practices on the basis of race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, physical, mental handicap, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.

The college is committed to compliance with several laws and regulations. These include Executive Order 11246 (as amended 11375), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Equal Pay Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Higher Education Amendments of 1965, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Vietnam (VA Veterans) Readjustment Act of 1974, Americans with Disabilities Act, and all other Federal and Michigan Civil Rights Laws.

For Title IX inquiries, contact Erica Precht, Title IX Coordinator and Director of Student Engagement, at (337) 521-6985, 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506. For ADA/Section 504/Title II inquiries, contact Kimberly Lachney, Disabilities Services Coordinator, at (337) 521-6915, or Mary Toups, Assistant Director of Counseling and Disability Services, at (337) 521-6670, 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506. For Title IV inquiries, contact Tiffany Williams, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, (337) 521-8971, 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506.

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