We understand that your role in caring for one or more dependents influences your experience as a student. Connect with The University of Texas at Austin’s academic supports, which empower you to succeed in your classes.
Title IX Protections
Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy, childbirth, medical recovery from pregnancy-related conditions, and parenting in educational institutions. Under Title IX, pregnant and parenting students are required to receive equal opportunity for participation and access to academic resources. Pregnant and parenting students are to be afforded reasonable accommodations based on individual needs. Some examples of reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to:
- Adjusted assignment deadlines
- Adjusted attendance requirements
- The opportunity to make-up missed work or attendance points
- Exam accommodations
- Access to lactation spaces during class
If you have any questions regarding your rights as a pregnant or parenting student, or if you wish to file a Title IX report, please contact UT Austin’s Title IX Intake Coordinator, Erin Kay.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities can register with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), which “ensures students with disabilities have equal access to their academic experiences at The University of Texas at Austin by determining eligibility and approving reasonable accommodations.” Possible accommodations may include, but are not limited to, classroom accommodations provided by instructors, exam accommodations, and accommodations provided by SSD. In addition to campus outreach, SSD provides students registered with their office with guidance on using and discussing accommodations at UT Austin. Students who are pregnant may reach out to SSD if they develop a disability as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. For example, students who develop preeclampsia during pregnancy or depression or anxiety post-partum may register with SSD. Students may reach out to the Title IX Office for accommodations for pregnancy itself.
Sanger Learning Center
You can access one-on-one and drop-in tutoring, workshops, and meetings with peer academic coaches and learning specialists to help you meet your academic goals through the Sanger Learning Center. Sign up for workshops on topics such as “Time and Procrastination,” “Reading for College,” “Winning Finals,” and more. Currently, all tutoring is hosted online, with evening hours available Monday through Thursday for added convenience. Log into PEARL (Personalized Academic Resource Locator) to view a list of all the academic support services available to you each semester. Some of the Sanger Learning Center services are available during the evening on certain days of the week.
University Writing Center
Become a stronger, more independent writer by using the handouts, consultations, and writing groups offered by the University Writing Center. You can bring any writing project, whether academic or non-course related, at any stage to a writing appointment. The University Writing Center offers early evening consultations on certain days of the week.
Public Speaking Center
Schedule a consultation with the Public Speaking Center at any stage of your group or individual presentation. If possible, choose a date well in advance of your presentation, so you have time to incorporate the feedback from your consultant and schedule a follow-up session if necessary. The Public Speaking Center offers evening consultations on certain days of the week.