“Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. All public and private elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges, and universities (hereinafter “schools”) receiving any Federal funds must comply with Title IX. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.” (OCR)
The New School prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender on campus. TNS has committed to affirming the dignity of all students by educating TNS community about Title IX and gender discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct (TNS website).
Pregnant students are also covered by Title IX legislation. (To read the full legislation click here). According to the National Women’s Law Center, pregnant students are to be granted equal access to classes and extracurricular activities, reasonable accommodations in the classroom, excused absences and/or time to make up missed classes when related to pregnancy and childbirth. The legislation’s ultimate goal is to protect against discrimination (National Women’s Law Center, 2015 and the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights).
Title IX Coordinator
TNS has a Title IX coordinator who is there to support you, particularly if you are unable to get accommodations for your pregnancy. Her contact details are:
Jennifer Francone, AVP for Student Life
72 Fifth Avenue, 4th floor
New York, NY 10011
For TNS staff and faculty, if you are having problems with harassment, discrimination or need guidance with a student, feel free to reach out Ms. Francone, or:
Carol S. Cantrell, SVP for Human Resources and Labor Relations
79 Fifth Avenue, 18th floor
New York, NY 10003
Read more about your rights and responsibilities as student, staff and faculty regarding pregnancy in college:
- Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students (Dept. of Ed)
- Know your rights! Pregnant or Parenting? Title IX protects you from discrimination at School. (Dept. of Ed)
- Pregnant and Parenting Students Rights: FAQ (National Women’s Law Center) PDF download