UBalt students who are pregnant may request reasonable adjustments through the Office of Disability and Access Services (DAS) housed within the Office of Student Support (OSS). All academic adjustments will be made on a case-by-case basis, through the interactive process that is standard for all requests made through DAS. Adjustments are considered by DAS as they pertain to the physical and medical circumstances of the pregnancy and possible related conditions.
Reasonable adjustments extended to pregnant students are done for a distinct period of time, which includes:
- the duration of the student’s pregnancy
- the duration of the student’s physical recovery as determined in consultation with their health-care provider
- postpregnancy medical or psychological conditions that could be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA).
UBalt students who seek adjustments are expected to follow the protocol below:
- Complete the Intake form for Pregnant Students
- Provide documentation from their medical provider supporting the request for adjustments as based on the Documentation Guidelines set by DAS
- Meet with the director of DAS to review the information on the Intake form and documentation to determine reasonable adjustments. Depending on the circumstance, this meeting can occur in person, via phone or remote using Zoom or Teams
Once adjustments are determined as a result of the conversation during the meeting with DAS, the student will give permission for DAS to notify their instructors of their adjustments due to pregnancy. A formal letter will be emailed to the student’s instructors as well as the student listing the adjustments.
Adjustments and Accommodations
Two dedicated lactation rooms are available for faculty, staff and students who are nursing. Rooms are located in William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, Room 315, and John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 032. Rooms do not require reservations and are available on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 30 minutes.
There are several adjustments that can be implemented based on each student's situation. Examples of adjustments or accommodations may include:
- a larger desk or chair/separate desk with chair
- breaks during class, as needed
- rescheduling exams or tests
- excused absences, due to pregnancy or related conditions
- modified deadlines on assignments if missed due to pregnancy or childbirth
- providing alternatives to make up missed work due to pregnancy or childbirth
Guidelines for Faculty working with pregnant students are available via The University of Baltimore’s Policy Guide ( UB I-5.3 ). This document refers pregnant students to whom they should contact to request adjustments, reporting harassment or discrimination due to pregnancy and other important questions related to students who are pregnant.
The University of Baltimore ( UBalt ), consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX) does not discriminate against any student or exclude any student from its education programs or activities, including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of the student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy or recovery therefrom.
The University of Baltimore recognizes that some impairments related to pregnancy may qualify as disabilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), as amended. UBalt is committed to supporting students with disabilities, resulting from pregnancy the same way it accommodated other students with temporary medical conditions.
Students with questions should contact the Office of Student Support at 410.837.4755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.