Georgetown University is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for pregnant and parenting students.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities including academic, educational, extracurricular, athletic, and other programs or activities of schools. This prohibition includes discrimination against pregnant and parenting students.

Students may request adjustments based on general pregnancy needs or accommodations based on a pregnancy-related complication. See below for more information on each process.

What types of adjustments may I request?
 

Students seeking a pregnancy adjustment are to complete a Pregnancy Adjustment Request Form noting the requested reasonable adjustment.  Specific adjustments will be handled on a case by case basis and will depend on medical need and academic requirements. Some examples include:   

  • a larger desk
  • breaks during class, as needed
  • permitting temporary access to elevators
  • rescheduling tests or exams
  • excusing absences due to pregnancy or related conditions
  • submitting work after a deadline missed due to pregnancy or childbirth
  • providing alternatives to make up missed work
  • allowing excused absences for parenting students (both mothers and fathers) who need to take their children to doctors’ appointments or to take care of their sick children

How do I request adjustments?
 

Adjustment requests should be directed to one of the appropriate University staff members listed below. The University staff member will discuss the pregnant or parenting individual’s needs, and may ask for documentation that supports the requested adjustments.

Requests from Undergraduate students should be directed to:
Carol Day
Director, Health Education Services (HES)
202-687-8942
daycr@georgetown.edu

Requests from Main Campus Graduate students should be directed to:
Ellen Holloway Eck
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
(202) 687-4478
eth2@georgetown.edu

Requests from School of Continuing Studies students should be directed to:
Michele Mackie
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs
202-687-5965
michele.mackie@georgetown.edu

Requests from School of Medicine students should be directed to:
Susan Cheng
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
202-687-1645
susan.cheng@georgetown.edu

Requests from Law Center students should be directed to:
Mitch Bailin
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
202-662-4066
mcb48@georgetown.edu

Requests from Georgetown University- Qatar students should be directed to:
Heather Kerst
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
+974-4457-8357
heather.kerst@georgetown.edu

How do I request accommodations for pregnancy-related complications?
 

In certain situations, a pregnancy-related complication may be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), entitling the student to a reasonable accommodation. Accommodation requests should be directed to one of the appropriate University staff members listed below. The University staff member will discuss the pregnant or parenting individual’s needs, and will ask for documentation that supports the requested accommodations.

Requests from Main Campus and Medical students should be directed to:
Jane Holahan
Director, Academic Resource Center
202-687-9530
holahajf@georgetown.edu

Requests from School of Continuing Studies students should be directed to:
Ashley L. Bray
Disability/Learning Skills Advisor
202-784-7366
alb342@georgetown.edu

Requests from Law Center students should be directed to:
Mara Bellino
Director of Disability Services
202-662-4042
mcb260@georgetown.edu

Requests from Georgetown University-Qatar students should be directed to: 
Mahnaz Nowrozi Mousavi, Ph.D., MSCP
Director Student Wellness and Counseling Center (SWCC)
+974-4457-8330
mnm25@georgetown.edu

Georgetown Resources
 

Lactation Rooms at Georgetown
Health Education Services
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
Women's Center 
Student Health Center
Hoya Kids Learning Center

External Resources 
 

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students (pamphlet from the US Department of Education)  
Pregnant and Parenting Student-Athletes (NCAA)  
Pregnant and Parenting Students (National Women’s Law Center)  
Pregnant on Campus Initiative