Student Handbook

Title IX Policy on Absences Due to Pregnancy

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, MCC does not discriminate against any student, or exclude any student from its education program or activity, including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of such student's pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom, unless the student requests voluntarily to participate in a separate portion of the program or activity. Absences due to pregnancy or childbirth must be excused for as long as is deemed medically necessary by the student’s doctor. When the student returns to school following an absence due to pregnancy or childbirth, they must be reinstated to the same academic and extracurricular statuses they held before their medical leave began. Pregnant students may be required to submit medical certification for school participation only if the same requirement exists for all students with physical or emotional conditions requiring the attention of a physician.

A student cannot be penalized for pregnancy or related conditions. If a professor provides specific “points” or other advantages to students based on class attendance, the student must be given the opportunity to earn back the credit from classes they miss due to pregnancy, so that they can be reinstated to the status they held before their medical leave. The College must provide the student with the opportunity to make up the work they missed while they were on medical leave due to pregnancy or related conditions, including recovery from childbirth, even if is for an extended period of time.