Salt Lake Community College in Utah has been found to have violated Title IX after encouraging a pregnant student to leave a course without the necessary academic adjustment for her pregnancy, among other violations, according to a statement issued by the Office for Civil Rights. Tuesday.
In its investigation, the OCR found that Salt Lake Community College failed to provide an excuse for missing a class due to a student’s pregnancy, did not work with the student to find the right service and academic coordination, did not give her the opportunity to work. Missed because of her pregnancy, and didn’t respond well enough to student complaints of pregnancy inequality. OCR did not name the course.
The college has also been found to have violated Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by creating a temporary disability due to a student’s pregnancy that failed to consider whether academic adjustment would be required.
Peta Owens-Liesen, a spokeswoman for Salt Lake Community College, said the college was “committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for all students and takes all complaints of discrimination seriously.”
Owens-Lisen continued, “We are working with the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to resolve this complaint, and are taking strong steps to ensure reasonable housing.” These measures include strengthening internal processes related to complaint investigation, improving students’ access to Title IX information, and evaluating and fulfilling requests for accommodation. We will also ensure that all staff and faculty are properly trained in the procedures to be followed when working with students in need of accommodation due to pregnancy.