Student Parenting Resources

Helping New and Expecting Student-Parents Succeed

Title IX protects students from experiencing discrimination at school based on their sex, pregnancy, or parenting status. Know your rights, and know where to get support.

At Mason, students experiencing pregnancy are afforded a host of resources to ensure health, well-being and overall success as they celebrate earning their Mason degree with their newest addition(s). Important things to know about your rights as a pregnant student:

  • You must be allowed to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities even though you are pregnant.
  • You must not be required to submit a doctor's note for absences related to your pregnancy or childbirth, unless ALL students are required to submit a doctor's note for absences and hospitalizations related to physical or emotional conditions.
  • You must be provided with reasonable adjustments, such as a larger desk, elevator access, or allowance for frequent bathroom breaks, when necessary because of your pregnancy.
  • Absences due to pregnancy or childbirth must be excused, for as long as your doctor deems necessary.
  • You must be allowed to make up any work missed while on medical leave.
  • Your teacher may not refuse to allow you to submit work after a deadline you missed because of pregnancy or childbirth. You should be allowed to make up any participation or attendance credits you did not have the chance to earn due to your pregnancy-related absence.

You may also meet with Mason's Title IX or ADA coordinators at any time to determine any additional supports that may be available to you, or to file a complaint should the need arise.

The following on-campus and local resources are offered to undergraduate and graduate Patriots experiencing pregnancy on the road toward their degree. For additional resources and support, please visit the New Student and Family Programs website for Parents and Expecting Students.

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. For more information, click here.

Compliance, Diversity and Ethics (CDE)

Pregnancy is a protected right under Title IX. Should you need additional support ensuring access and equitable treatment, please contact Compliance, Diversity and Ethics to discuss your concerns with a Title IX representative.

Disability Services (DS)

Under the adminstration 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 a 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

Fairfax

Johnson Center

Location: Ground Floor Ladies Room

Hours: Available during JC operating hours. To view updated building hours, visit https://studentcenters.gmu.edu/hours.

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 hr@gmu.edu.

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 (kgoodwi@gmu.edu) or Patricia Sahs (psahs@gmu.edu) 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.

SUB I

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.

Arlington

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 arlops@gmu.edu.

Science and Technology

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.

Child Care Resources

Mason's Child Development Center

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.

Sittercity.com (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

Click here to 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 familiy day homes and certified preschools.