Pregnancy & Childbirth
Cal State East Bay is committed to nondiscrimination and accessibility
We are proud that Cal State East Bay serves a diverse student body and offers a learning environment that is welcoming, accessible, and supportive to everyone (See Cal State East Bay’s Non Discrimination Statement). This inclusiveness derives from our commitment to all students and is firmly based in federal rules, including:
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX),
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the subsequent ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (Title II).
Cal State East Bay must provide resources to improve accessibility for pregnant students and those recovering from childbirth, including students who have disabling conditions from pregnancy or childbirth
As needed, Cal State East Bay must provide accommodations to pregnant students and those recovering from childbirth. These accommodations can take several forms, including: excusing absences, providing reasonable adjustments to the regular program, allowing students to make up missed work, and allowing students to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as they had before any pregnancy or birth-related absence began.
Cal State East Bay must also make reasonable modifications to policies, practices or procedures; and must provide adjustments, aids, and services to students with disabling conditions, including conditions arising from pregnancy or recovery from childbirth.
Cal State East Bay designates professional staff members to hear students’ needs and concerns
Students in need of pregnancy or birth-related accommodations, modifications, adjustments, aids, or services are encouraged to reach out to Accessibility Services as soon as possible. From there, Accessibility Services staff members will set up a meeting to determine accommodation needs with Accessibility Services counselors. Together, students and counselors work closely to implement accommodations and achieve equal access.
Students alleging discrimination or retaliation, should reach out to the University’s Title IX Office.
Requests for accommodations:
Accessibility Services Director
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Office: Library 2400
Phone: (510) 885-3868
Claims and inquiries regarding discrimination:
Title IX Coordinator
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
Office: Student Services & Administration 1600
Phone: (510) 885-4918
Resources and Publications
Commonly asked questions of pregnant and parenting students
Below are some general questions and answers relevant to pregnant and parenting students.
Specific questions and concerns regarding disabling medical conditions arising from pregnancy and childbirth should be directed to Accessibility Services. Specific questions and concerns regarding potential discrimination of pregnant and parenting students should be directed to the campus’ Title IX Office.
All pregnant are eligible for reasonable adjustments that are necessary to ensure equal access to the University’s programs and activities. Students who are disabled due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth are also eligible for accommodations, modifications, adjustments, aids, or services. The University may require students with disabilities seeking accommodations to provide certification of disability by a medical doctor.
Students who are disabled due to pregnancy or childbirth must be provided the same accommodations and support services available to other students with similar medical needs. Professors, staff, or administrators should not pressure students to drop out of classes or academic programs or change educational plans due to pregnancy or childbirth.
Absences due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions must be excused and cannot be treated or penalized like unexcused absences. Professors must grant leaves of absence as deemed necessary by medical doctors to these students. At the end of their leaves, students must be reinstated to the same academic and extracurricular status they held prior to their leaves. Professors must allow a reasonable amount of time to make up missed assignments and tests when students return from leave. Make up assignments and tests must be reasonably equivalent to those missed, but need not be identical.
An individual professor’s attendance policy is not acceptable if it is not in line with the law. The University must ensure that faculty and staff comply with the law and do not discriminate against students who are pregnant or parenting, or who are disabled because of conditions arising from pregnancy or childbirth.
Pregnant students must be offered the same programs and services available to other students. Students who are disabled due to pregnancy or childbirth must also be provided necessary disability-related accommodations, services, modifications, and adjustments. All accommodations will be determined on an individual basis, through an interactive process.
The University must address sex-based harassment, including harassment based on pregnancy. Students experiencing this sort of treatment should report it immediately to Cal State East Bay’s Title IX Office. The law prohibits anyone from retaliating against students for filing complaints or raising concerns regarding harassment.
The University must excuse a student’s absences due to pregnancy or related conditions for as long as the student’s doctor deems the absences to be medically necessary. When the student returns to school, she must be reinstated to the status she held when the leave began. Students should work with Accessibility Services on an individual basis to discuss taking leaves that exceed the time deemed medically necessary by a doctor.