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Academic Accommodation for Pregnancy

Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to accommodations under Title IX and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pregnant students are offered services and accommodations similar to those offered to other students who have a temporary medical condition.  If you experience complications or other medical conditions related to your pregnancy, you can seek accommodations through those same offices. If you are a pregnant student, you can make an appointment with the SVSU Disability Service Office to develop a plan around your pregnancy.  We will create a “Faculty Notification Letter for Temporary Academic Adjustments” which you can provide to faculty to coordinate any approved academic adjustments. The staff will work with you to identify and coordinate reasonable academic adjustments and accommodations on an individual basis and where they do not pose an undue hardship.

The Saginaw Valley State University seeks to treat all students equally regardless of their actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Under Title IX, it is illegal for schools to exclude a pregnant student from participating in any part of an educational program. Therefore, in order to be in “good standing” with the law, Saginaw Valley State University, its employees, and the pregnant student(s) will follow the protocols and procedures set forth in this document.

Procedure to Request for Academic Accommodation Pregnancy

The request for temporary medical accommodations must be submitted to Disability Services. Failure to fully complete procedures may delay any assistance being requested. 


Register for Disability Services in 3 easy steps! 

Confidentiality is our priority.

1. Complete an online Disability Services New Student Registration using our AIMs System at:  Click on the red button and complete form as a new student.

2. Submit your medical documentation by upload to the AIMs system, or fax documentation about your disability from your doctor, or mental health provider, must be submitted on their professional letterhead  (no notes or prescription slips) and provide any additional documentation as follows:

•    Documentation must be on doctor’s letterhead and have a medical diagnosis (pregnancy).  Dr must also indicate if the student is classified as a high risk pregnancy.

•    Documentation must be signed by a medical doctor or appropriate specialist.

•    Documentation must include a “due date”.

3. Call to make an appointment!  All new DS Students are required to meet with our Disability Services Professional to determine eligibility and potential accommodations. Call 989-964-7000 and ask for an INTAKE appointment.


Please note that you must have the online application and documentation uploaded or delivered to meet.

Registrations for Disability Services are only accepted from fully admitted and registered students.

It is important to note that a change in accommodations may occur due to the progression of the pregnancy. Any requests for different accommodations must be submitted with additional documentation justifying/verifying the adjustment.



With proper documentation, students who are pregnant or have given birth within six months will be entitled to assistance/accommodations. The accommodations vary pertaining to the type of pregnancy, medical documentation, as well as the academic program the student is enrolled. For example, a classroom might be required to provide a larger desk, or allow frequent trips to the water fountain or the bathroom.

As stated earlier, Title IX requires a school to excuse a student’s absences due to pregnancy or related conditions, including recovery from childbirth, with medical approval.  A school may offer the student to retake a semester or allowing the student additional time in a program, but the department will have to agree to any extension.  The student and instructor, chooses how to make up the work as long as it doesn’t create an undue burden.   Should they not be able to come to agreement, the Director of Disability Services will mediate an agreement that will satisfy the Title IX laws.

Duties and Responsibilities


1. Review Student Pregnancy Policy.

2. Request Assistance due to pregnancy through the DS Online Application (link above).

3. Have Health Care Provider complete paperwork.

4. Submit paperwork to the Office of Disability Services or upload to your online application.

5. Upon approval, give documentation letters to instructors.

6. As changes occur in pregnancy and accommodations are upgraded, update steps 3-5.

7. Assist your instructor in charting an action plan for the semester, which includes deadlines and expectations.


It may be necessary for an academic contract to be addressed in order to track deadlines and progression of course materials. It is advisable to agree on this course of action and implement this matter early on in the semester.  We suggest you file a copy with Disability Services.


1. If student asks for academic assistance due to a pregnancy, refer student to the Office of Disabilities website

2. When the documentation letter is received from the Office of Disability Services, talk to the student about the accommodations.

3. Chart an action plan for the semester with the student, include deadlines and expectations.   It may be necessary for an academic contract to be addressed in order to track deadlines and progression of course materials.  It is advisable to agree on this course of action and implement this matter early on in the semester.  Note our preference is for the student and the instructor, to choose how to make up the work.   Should they not be able to come to an agreement, the Director of Disability Services will mediate an agreement that will satisfy the Title IX laws.

4. If changes are needed to the accommodation, contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible.

5. Sign and return agreements to the Office of Disability Services if you choose to file your planned agreement.


Do not give accommodations that are not specifically cited in the accommodation’s letter. Get permission from the Office of Disability Services before any accommodations not listed are suggested/requested.   Only grant accommodations to persons that have approved documentation from the Office of Disability Services.


Contact Us


Ann Coburn-Collins,
Director of Academic Support Programs

Wickes 260

Scott MacLeod
Assistant Director of Disability Services & Academic Support

Wickes 260

Deborah Rickert
Office Coordinator

Science East 201/Wickes 260