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Citadel News Service

For release
February 18, 2004

Title IX covers all aspects of education

While Title IX is most frequently associated with intercollegiate athletics, the law applies to all college programs and services from admissions to housing, academic programs and pregnancy.

With respect to pregnancy, Title IX says:

  • A college may not discriminate against or exclude a student from any educational program or activity on the basis of pregnancy.

  • A college must accommodate pregnancy like a temporary disability.

  • A college must allow a pregnant student to take temporary leave as deemed medically necessary by a physician.

The Citadel is subject to the provisions of Title IX and when women were admitted in 1996, the law served as a guide for policies relating to female assimilation.

The Citadel's policy on pregnancy differs from those in the federal academies because the federal academies are not subject to Title IX.

Title IX does not impact The Citadel's rule that a cadet cannot be married because that rule applies equally to men and women.

A recent joint letter from Board of Visitor Chairman Billy Jenkinson '68 and Major General John Grinalds, USMC (Ret.), president of The Citadel, discussed The Citadel's pregnancy policy and related laws governing privacy issues.

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