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Pregnant and Parenting Students

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Pregnant and Parenting Students

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and related conditions—in educational programs and activities that are eligible for federal funding. This means that the College must give all students who might be, are, have been pregnant, and their partners the same access to school programs and educational opportunities that other students have. Thus, the College is obligated to provide the following academic adjustments, accommodations, and support:

  • Absences due to pregnancy or any related conditions must be excused for as long as the student’s medical providers say it is necessary for them to be absent. When the student returns to school, they must be reinstated to the status they held before their leave.
  • Faculty who base grades on class attendance cannot penalize a pregnant or parenting student for their absence and must allow the student to earn back the credit from the classes missed.
  • Students must be given the opportunity to make up the work they miss while absent from class due to pregnancy or any related conditions, including bed rest, medical appointments, or recovery from childbirth.
  • With medical documentation, students may be provided with a larger classroom desk, access to a designated lactation room, or allowed frequent trips to the restroom.
  • Students who are pregnant or dealing with any pregnancy-related conditions must be permitted to continue their off-campus work, including internships and career rotations. The College cannot require a doctor to approve the continuation of these activities unless a note is required of all students with a medical condition.
  • To request accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth and recovery, please use this form: 
    Pregnancy and Childbirth Accommodation Request

These rules supersede any department or instructor-based policies regarding allowable numbers of absences or ability to make up missed work.

Any student, faculty member or dean who needs information or assistance with arranging academic adjustments or other support should contact the Title IX Coordinator at titleix@nvcc.edu or 703.323.2262.

Lactation Rooms on Campuses

Alexandria Campus

Location:  Bisdorf Building, Jean Braden Center for Women, Gender, and Social Equity, Room AA-331
Procedure: Hours of operations are 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM M-F and 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday. You may call 703.933.5038 to reserve the room. Staff are on-site during operating hours to assist with access.

Annandale Campus

1st Location: CG Building, 4th Floor, Room CG-406
Lock Type: Electronic Keypad
Procedure: Access is via NOVAcard proxy reader. Electronic key requests must be submitted in advance to ensure access is granted. Visitors may contact the Provost Office during normal office hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm M-F) or contact Campus Police after hours.

2nd Location: Brault, Room 262
Lock Type: Key Access
Procedure: Ask Brault front desk reception to unlock the door.


Location:  LC Building, Room 102P
Lock Type:  Open access—No key is required.


Location:  MH Building, Room 302
Lock Type:  Open access—No key is required.


Location:  ME 149, Wellness Room
Procedure:  NOVA card access is available and visitors may gain access by contacting Student Services, Campus Police, or Facilities.

Woodbridge Campus

1st Location:  Seefeldt Building, Room WS-206A
Lock Type:  Open access—No Key is required.

2nd Location:  WRC building, Room WRC-114
Lock Type:  Card swipe access

Procedure:  Staff and Faculty may use their NOVA card. Visitors must go to the information/ welcome desk to request access.