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Letter to clerkships outlining Title IX requirements

June 17, 2019


The University of Washington School of Medicine is a family friendly institution and is supportive of and committed to students who wish to begin their families during medical school. Title IX and Washington State law prohibit sex- and gender-based discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal funds. Compliance with Title IX requires that schools ensure equitable access to programs and activities that prevent discrimination based on sex or gender – including a student’s pregnant or parenting status.

Title IX protections

  • Breastfeeding students should be afforded regular breaks, at least 30 minutes every three hours.
  • Clerkships are responsible for providing lactation accommodations. Students should have access to a lockable private room containing a chair and table. Students must not be required to pump in a bathroom.
  • When a student who is breastfeeding must take a timed exam, breaks for nursing should be allowed. Furthermore, the time of the exam should be appropriately adjusted, in correlation to the breaks taken, to allow the student the full time allotted for the exam.
  • Pregnant students and new parents must be given restroom breaks every 3 hours.

Other protections:

Pregnant students may qualify for other accommodations through Disability Resources for Students. Clerkships must honor all documented accommodations.

Other expectations:

All students should always be provided with a call room if they are on call. In the event there is no call room available, students will be excused from call.

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Thank you for supporting University of Washington School of Medicine students.

Dr. Gerald Tolbert, Interim Associate Director for Student Affairs

Melinda Frank, Director of the Learning Environment