Pregnancy and parenting can be challenging, but you are not in this alone. UMass Lowell (UML) faculty and staff are here to help. You also have protections under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, to ensure you are treated fairly by all employees of the university.
Can I continue attending class and participating in extracurricular activities while pregnant or parenting?

Yes. The university must offer you the same opportunities to participate in educational activities that are available to other students. You are also entitled to reasonable adjustments to facilitate your continued pursuit of an education, such as a larger desk, classes held in buildings with elevator access and/or allowing frequent trips to the restroom.

Am I required to provide a doctor’s note if I am going to be absent for a doctor’s appointment?

No. Since UML doesn’t require such a note from all students who miss class due to a physical or emotional condition, you cannot be required to supply such a note.

If I need to miss classes due to pregnancy or childbirth, can I make up the work at a later date?

Yes. Your professor is required to allow you to make up any and all work (including class participation and/or attendance) you missed as a result of pregnancy and/or childbirth.

I am experiencing harassment because of my pregnancy. What should I do?

You should report this harassment to UML’s Title IX Officer, Clara Reynolds at 978-934-3565 or clara_reynolds@uml.edu.

I’m having a tough time adjusting to balancing my responsibilities for my family and my studies. What should I do?

This is often a tough balance to strike. Meeting with the Title IX Officer is a great place to start, and they can help to craft a plan that will leverage the resources available to you at UML. If you find yourself falling behind, be sure to communicate with your professor as early as possible. You aren’t required to disclose that you are pregnant or parenting, but scheduling a meeting during their office hours, or at another mutually convenient time is a good step to take to make sure that you don’t fall too far behind. Your professors are here to help you succeed, and they are very likely to be committed to assisting you in finding a path to academic success.

Does UMass Lowell have a childcare program?

UMass Lowell does not provide on-campus childcare. It is a parent’s responsibility to research child care facilities to ensure they are safe and a good fit for your family. Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) provides child care financial assistance for families in need.

Does UMass Lowell provide housing for students with families?

UML does not provide family housing, however our Off-Campus Living website contains a listing of apartment rentals available in the Lowell area. There are also affordable housing programs in Lowell as well as shelters that welcome parents. See the Lowell Housing Authority website for more information.