1. Pregnant and Parenting Students in College: Requirements and Accommodations Under Title IX and Beyond

Pregnant and Parenting Students in College: Requirements and Accommodations Under Title IX and Beyond

Pregnant and Parenting Students in College: Requirements and Accommodations Under Title IX and Beyond
Event ID: 18586
Recording: 15918

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? College and university administrators, Title IX coordinators, student services directors, and university legal counsel
Best For: Higher Education

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All colleges and universities receiving federal funds must comply with Title IX. Although this law is generally known to ensure nondiscrimination in athletics, the law’s nondiscrimination requirements also extend to prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. In recent years, the Department of Education has provided greater attention to this area, including issuing guidance on supporting pregnant and parenting students. Because of this increased attention, colleges and universities must ensure their compliance with the laws and regulations, including making accommodations for pregnant students, excusing certain absences for pregnancy or childbirth, and ensuring that such students are not excluded from participating in educational programs.

Please join Richard Verstegen for this discussion regarding the rights afforded to students from discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Learn about the proposed Title IX regulations, released by the Department of Education on November 16, 2018.
  • Understand the types of assistance that a school must provide to a pregnant student.
  • Learn why adopting and distributing procedures related to discrimination on the basis of sex (including pregnancy and parental status) is so important.
  • Review requirements related to ensuring students fully participate in educational programs, including extracurricular activities, honors classes, or other programs.
  • Update your understanding of how to manage pregnant students who may live on campus.
  • Understand the various requirements related to the grievance process for pregnant students.


Your conference leader for “Pregnant and Parenting Students in College: Requirements and Accommodations Under Title IX and Beyond” is Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick’s practice focuses in all areas of education law, including constitutional law, civil rights, student issues, privacy and technology issues, student safety, and many other issues. He advises and represents K-12 and higher education institutions on these matters, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and policies, and provides other legal services. Rick also has extensive experience on matters involving labor relations, employment law, contracts, handbooks, anti-discrimination law, workplace bullying and harassment, wage and hour laws, hiring, background checks, drug testing, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, and workplace investigations. He also represents these institutions at hearings before state and federal agencies and state courts, including wage claims, unemployment hearings, collection matters, and discrimination complaints. Rick has published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the President of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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