III:11:00 Educational Adjustment for Pregnant and Parenting Students

I. SCOPE

This policy applies to all students enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and includes both graduate and undergraduate students.

II. POLICY

In furtherance of its mission to provide a student-centered learning environment, MTSU desires to provide a procedure for pregnant and parenting students to request and obtain adjustments that will support them in continuing their studies at MTSU. As a result, MTSU will endeavor to provide appropriate reasonable adjustments to its educational programs and activities ("Educational Adjustment") for all of its students who are pregnant, experiencing complications from pregnancy, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, and recovery from any one of these conditions ("Qualifying Condition").

A. Requests for Educational Adjustment: Students needing Educational Adjustment as a result of a Qualifying Condition should submit a written request to the following Responsible Departments. In the event that the student is unable to submit a request to the Responsible Department due to her condition, an appropriate representative of the student may contact the department on the student's behalf and the student will submit the written request when she becomes able to do so.

Type of Student                                                              Responsible Department                           Phone No.
Undergraduate Students                                                       MT One Stop                                    (615) 898-2111
Graduate Students                                                        College of Graduate Studies                    (615) 898-2840
Graduate International Students                                   Office of International Affairs                    (615) 898-2116

The Responsible Department will consult with the student/representative and appropriate University officials, including faculty members, to fashion the Educational Adjustment that is appropriate for the student. In the event the Responsible Department receives a request for adjustment that might be covered by the ADA, the request should be promptly forwarded to Disabled Student Services.

B. Leave: As a form of Educational Adjustment, students with a Qualifying Condition may be granted an appropriate length of medically necessary leave for up to 180 days. A student may be granted additional leave in the event of extraordinary medical circumstances. During the period of leave, deadlines concerning course assignments, examinations, and other academic requirements will be postponed. Upon the completion of the leave, the student will be allowed to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as before the leave began.

If the student does not request the full semester for leave, the student must arrange, with the assistance of the Responsible Department, for completion of assignments with her faculty members and/or department chairs.

All students requesting leave will be required to provide medical documentation detailing the medical necessity of the adjustment or leave, the type of adjustment needed, and the anticipated duration.

Graduate students who obtain leave will also be granted an extension for any research or qualifying exams, and the time that the student is on leave under this policy will not be counted toward the time limit for degree completion. Graduate research advisors may extend any deadlines beyond the medical leave period at their discretion.

In addition, students holding graduate assistantships will be excused from their duties for the granted period of medical leave but will continue to receive their stipend during the period of leave.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING FINANCIAL AID: A student's leave under this policy may have serious consequences on the student's financial aid status. As a result, any student receiving any form of financial aid MUST schedule a consultation with the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office to discuss the consequences of the requested leave. Further, upon receiving a written request for leave under this policy, the Responsible Department shall immediately forward that request to the Director of the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING IMMIGRATION STATUS: International students MUST contact the Office of International Affairs regarding their visa status.

C. Other Resources: In addition to the adjustments noted above, please click here for a list of campus and community resources available for pregnant and parenting students.

Revisions: January 1, 2014 (original).