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Resources for Pregnant and Parenting Students

Pregnant or Parenting Student? You’re not alone!

The Women’s Center and Work Life Committee has compiled relevant resources for pregnant and parenting students.

Known Your Rights

The University of Rhode Island provides accommodation for pregnancy, childbirth, newborn care, adoption, foster care and acute child health care to enrolled students who are in good academic standing.

These accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Academic accommodations,
  • Scholarship eligibility,
  • Transportation and parking,
  • Housing,
  • Physical and mental health care,
  • Childcare

Title IX Information

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires that schools that receive federal funds must not discriminate against students on the basis of sex, including a student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination, or recovery therefrom. Schools must provide equal access to school programs and extracurricular activities to students who might be, are, or have been pregnant. Schools are required to treat pregnant and parenting students, including male students, the same way they treat other students who are similarly able or unable to participate in school activities (NWLC). This includes excusing medically approved absences related to pregnancy, and allowing a reasonable amount of time to make up the work missed, including academic deadline extensions, leaves of absence, and adjusted graduation timelines.

In compliance with the legal requirements of Title IX, URI provides accommodations to serve the care giving needs of students in a manner that aims for consistent, equitable treatment of all members of the university community. In accordance with URI’s philosophy of providing services to students with disabilities, accommodations beyond the minimum requirements of Title IX is our standard. Considering the many challenges and relatively complex decision-making that surrounds having a baby and/or caring for a child while attending school, no written policy or procedures can cover all contingencies and unique circumstances. There is no substitute for open and timely communication, cooperation, and good faith efforts among all parties involved to respond in a supportive way to each unique situation.

Pregnant & Parenting Student Rights Fact Sheet (National Women’s Law Center, Aug. 2016)

Lactation Facilities at URI

The University of Rhode Island recognizes the importance and benefits of breast feeding for both the mothers and their infants, and in promoting a family-friendly work and study environment.

This policy applies to all female University faculty, staff and students.

Pump Kits are available at the Women’s Center by calling 401.874.2097.

URI Kingston Campus
  • Mackal Field House
  • Memorial Union
  • Pharmacy Building
  • University Library (pump included)
  • Women’s Center
Narragansett Bay Campus
  • Room 017, Ocean Science and Exploration Center
Feinstein Providence Campus
  • Room 218, Faculty Rest room Lounge (pump provided).


Scholarships for Pregnant and Parenting Students

Pregnant and parenting students can face additional financial challenges, and are encouraged to seek financial aid.  Some URI scholarships available specifically for parenting students include:

  • Beaupre Family Scholarship – Arts & Sciences
  • Eleanor M. & Oscar Carlson scholarship – Arts & Sciences
  • Madelyn Grady Geisser Endowed Scholarship – Arts and Sciences
  • Suzanna Anstine Norbeck Endowed Scholarship – Feinstein CCE
  • Jose Bowen Tombs Scholarship – General

Medical & Dental Resources:

Dental Care & Pregnancy – Your Complete Guide


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