Pregnant and Parenting Students

How Does Title IX Protect Me?

Title IX protects pregnant and parenting (including non-birth) students from discrimination. This includes pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, miscarriage, or recovery from any of these conditions. It is illegal to exclude a pregnant student from any part of an educational program due to their pregnant and parenting status.


Absences related to pregnancy and childbirth must be excused as long as your doctor deems the absence medically necessary (i.e., for doctor’s appointments, bed rest, recovery, etc.). Documentation may be requested by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As part of this process, you may work with professors for an opportunity to make up missed work. 

Please see the Pregnancy Accommodation Request Form below for assistance.

Accommodations and Adjustments

Any special services provided to students with temporary medical conditions must also be provided to a pregnant student in need of those same services. Reasonable adjustments may include, but are not limited to:

  • Larger desk
  • Frequent bathroom breaks
  • Parking adjustments
  • Flexibility with attendance and deadlines
  • Makeup/online work
  • Incomplete in course
  • Course withdrawal or replacement


Campus Offices and Services

Student Health Services (SHS)

Student Health Services offers both pregnancy testing (for a fee) and counseling regarding options, resources, and services available. Visit the Student Health Services Pregnancy Information resource center. 

Disability Services (DS)

Under the administration of University Life, Disability Services coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford students equal access to university programs and activities. Students are encouraged to contact Disability Services to discuss possible accommodations (e.g., classroom furniture, location to retake exam) if needing assistance with pregnancy-related condition. 

If your pregnancy and delivery are relatively healthy, normal, and uncomplicated and you have additional concerns, it is recommended that you speak with your professor to make appropriate arrangements.

Lactation Spaces

Individuals may request private space to breastfeed, pump milk, or address other needs related to breastfeeding while on campus. Mason offers private spaces on each campus to accommodate nursing parents. While we do have dedicated spaces for lactation on campus, we understand that convenience is important as well.


Johnson Center

Location: Ground Floor Ladies Room

Hours: Available during JC operating hours. To view updated building hours, visit

How to Access: This lactation room requires a key code to enter, which changes seasonally. Please visit the Johnson Center Information Desk during building hours for the key code to enter.

If you experience any issues with this space, please visit the Johnson Center Information Desk for assistance.

Merten Hall

Location: 4th floor, inside Human Resources & Payroll office

Hours: Available M-F, 8:30am – 5:00pm

How to Access: Please visit Human Resources & Payroll (4th floor, to the left of the elevators) between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm to request access to this lactation space. There is a breast pump available on site (please request the pump when renting the room).

If you experience any issues with this space, please contact Human Resources & Payroll at (703) 993-2600, or

Nguyen Engineering Building

Location: Private Office

Hours: Varied

How to Access: Because this lactation space is an internal office within the Nguyen Engineering Building, all who need access should contact Kimberly Goodwin-Slater ( or Patricia Sahs ( at least one day in advance to request use. Availability will vary based on use of the office.

If you experience issues with this space, please contact Kimberly Goodwin-Slater or Patricia Sahs directly.


Location: Room 1004 (to the left of the Enrollment desk)

Hours: Available M-F, 9:00am – 5:00pm

How to Access: Please visit the Enrollment desk, located on the first floor of SUB I, between 9:00am – 5:00pm to request access to this space.

If you experience any issues with this space, please visit the Enrollment desk for assistance.

Mason Square

Founders Hall

Location: Room 323A

Hours: Available 7 days a week from 7:00am to 11:00pm.

How to Access: The door should remain unlocked unless the space is in use. Please lock the door when you are using the space.

If you experience any issues with this space, please contact Arlington Operations at (703) 993 – 2525 or

Science & Technology (SciTech)

Student Health Services

Location: Colgan Hall, Room 229 (Student Health Services)

Hours: M & W 9:00am – 4:30pm; Th 11:00am – 6:30pm (open availability during Fall and Spring semesters).

How to Access: Please visit Student Health Services during operating hours to request use of the space. If you need to access the space after-hours or in the summer, please contact the SciTech Executive Office at (703) 993-8355.

If you experience any issues with this space, please contact Student Health Services at (703) 993-8374.

If you are a student in need of a lactation room separate from the spaces listed, please contact Alissa Karton at


Child Care Resources

Mason's Child Development Center (CDC)

The Child Development Center serves faculty, staff, and students at the university, with enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular child care is provided from 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, for children 2-5 years old. Children attend 2, 3, or 5 days per week. Parents are encouraged to visit the CDC with their children prior to enrollment, for a meeting with the director. (Available to Graduate Students)

Through the Bright Horizons Care Advantage program, faculty, staff, and graduate students have a complimentary subscription to Sittercity’s comprehensive database of in-home caregivers for child care. To register for free access to Bright Horizons Care Advantage, please visit myMasonHR.

Virginia Department of Social Services

Search licensed child care providers in Virginia and review available inspection information. A separate database is available for child care providers that are not required by law to be registered or certified. This type of child care includes religious exempt child day centers, voluntarily registered family day homes and certified preschools.




A pregnant student/birth-parent refers to the student who is or was pregnant.
A non-birth parent includes:
  • Spouses or partners of individuals anticipating or recently experiencing the birth of a child
  • Parents who adopt a child
  • Parents by means of surrogacy



We are committed to maintaining your privacy. Information you share related to pregnant or parenting status will not be shared with others, including your faculty, unless you give us permission to share it. If you have questions about the safeguards in place to protect your privacy before submitting a written request, please email the Title IX Office at


Additional Resources

You may find additional information about your rights and resources as a pregnant and parenting student through the following links:

Discrimination Based on Pregnancy and Related Conditions: A Resource for Students and Schools (U.S. Department of Education)

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students (U.S. Department of Education brochure)


Title IX Coordinator

For more information about your rights, contact George Mason University's Interim Title IX Coordinator:

Thomas "Tom" M. Bluestein, J.D. 
Interim Assistant Vice President, Equity and Access Services
Phone: 703-993-8730