Guidance during Pregnancy
Federal Title IX and institutional policies include provisions for medically necessary leave that include pregnancy, parenting and all related conditions — in education and in programs and activities that receive federal funding.
In fact, pregnancy is protected under both Title IX and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Not all pregnancies lead to a disability, but some could result in a short-term disability.
When a member of the community becomes pregnant, it may be helpful for the person to self-identify promptly to the Institute and to have pregnancy-related documentation on hand, just in case it becomes useful for explaining missed work and absences. At the same time, it’s important to keep in mind: identifying a pregnancy to the Institute is a personal choice, not a requirement.
“Your Rights When You’re Pregnant”
If you’re a pregnant student, you have specific rights, as detailed by the National Women’s Law Center. Your rights include these:
- You have the right to stay in school so you can meet your education and career goals. Under Title IX, you have the right to take medically necessary leave and to be free of harassment, intimidation and other discrimination tied to pregnancy-related conditions, including child birth, miscarriage, abortion and recovery.
- You have the right to specific accommodations. These vary from student to student but can include a larger desk, breaks during class, temporary access to elevators, rescheduling of tests or exams, excused absences and unique options for making up missed work.
- You have the right to make up any work missed due to medically necessary absences related to the pregnancy. Your faculty must allow a reasonable amount of time to make up missed assignments and tests. You also have the right to excused absences related to pregnancy, child birth or related medical conditions.
- You have the right to participate in school groups, events and activities as you would if you weren’t pregnant.
- You have the right not to disclose your pregnancy status. CalArts tries to create an environment that encourages voluntary sharing of this information so the Institute can support your physical and mental health. The Institute cannot provide special accommodations unless a pregnancy status is disclosed.
Students seeking pregnancy-related accommodations may visit the Office of Disability Services at https://calarts.edu/life-at-calarts/support-and-advocacy/disability-services or send email to DSO@calarts.edu.
If you’re a pregnant faculty or staff member who is disabled due to pregnancy, child birth or a related medical condition, you’re entitled to unpaid pregnancy/maternity disability leave (PDL) during the period of disability — up to four months. This will run concurrently with any absences under the Family and Medical Leave Act to the extent allowed by law.
Further, if an employee is entitled to any leave under the California Family Rights Act, and PDL does not expire before the child’s birth, the employee may begin CFRA baby bonding time-off benefits after the child is born — for up to 12 weeks.
Medically necessary leave, reduced work schedules or less strenuous duties for employees may be arranged on an intermittent basis.