Pregnancy and Parenting

The university is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to faculty, staff and students for conditions related to pregnancy/childbirth and parental status. In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., this federal civil rights law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities.

Your Rights

If you are pregnant or parenting you have the following rights:

  • be treated with dignity and respect
  • free from acts of discrimination, harassment or bullying
  • privacy, your pregnancy should not be disclosed by anyone but you
  • afforded the same opportunities as other faculty, staff, job applicant or student of NIU
  • excused absences from work/class for pregnancy related appointments or leaves that are deemed medically necessary by your doctor
  • students must be allowed reasonable time to make up assignments after such leaves or appointments

If you feel you have been discriminated against because of a pregnancy or parenting issue, you may file a complaint.

Request an Accommodation

  • If you require time off work for your pregnancy, contact Human Resource Services and discuss the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • If you are still working but require accommodations to fulfill the essential functions of your position, complete the Accommodation Request Form
  • Please note you will need to provide medical documentation
  • The ADA Coordinator will then contact you and your supervisor to determine what is a reasonable accommodation(s)

For more information about this process, please view the Employment and Accommodations policy.

  • NIU will maintain all the rights for pregnant or parenting students
  • To request accommodations while pregnant or parenting, contact Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance

Get more information about pregnancy and parenting

  • If you require an accommodation as a job applicant, please complete the Accommodation Request Form
  • The Director of Affirmative Action and Equity Opportunity will contact you and determine what is necessary to meet your needs.
  • Medical documentation must be provided to the director to implement a reasonable accommodation(s)

For more information about this process, please view the Employment and Accommodations policy.


NIU provides private non-restroom space for lactation needs. By law, the university is not responsible to provide refrigeration for expressed milk. This is the responsibility of the faculty, staff, job applicant or student to ensure against spoilage. 


If you have questions or concerns regarding pregnancy/childbirth, parental status or Title IX, please contact:

Ethics and Compliance Office

Illinois Department of Human Rights

Department of Education: Office for Civil Rights