Pregnancy and Parenting

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. The Office of Institutional Equity is available to consult and assist with accommodations and related resources.


MU provides reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, including adjustments to attendance requirements, course due dates, leaves of absence, and other similar academic or employment modifications. If you have questions or would like assistance with requesting accommodations, please email us:

Pregnancy itself is not considered a disability under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Accordingly, OIE is the appropriate Office to assist with accommodations, if needed. However, pregnancy-related conditions may be disabilities, in which case the MU Disability Center (students) and the Office of Accessibility and ADA (employees) process reasonable accommodations for the affected individual(s).

Lactation Spaces

Many private lactation spaces are available. Locations are linked below. If you need lactation space or resources in a building or area of campus that is not included on these lists, please contact OIE for assistance:


MU Health Care:

  • List of lactation spaces at various MU Health Care facilities, including University Hospital, Women’s Hospital, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, South Providence Medical Park, Thompson Center, and Quarter Deck

Additional information on family resources is also available through the MU Women’s Center.

MU Policy regarding Break Time for Nursing Mothers: HR-521


To better understand your rights related to pregnancy, the U.S. Department of Education has published these guides:

From the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission):

From the NCAA:

From the National Women’s Law Center: