Pregnancy and Pregnancy Related Conditions
Title IX

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes pregnancy, parenting and all related conditions, in education and in programs and activities that receive federal funding.

Title IX specifically prohibits discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. 

The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' pamphlet entitled Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 includes strategies that can be used to address the educational needs of students who become pregnant or have children. Although this pamphlet focuses on secondary schools, the legal principles apply to all recipients of federal financial assistance, including post-secondary institutions.

Other Laws

In addition to Title IX, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) amended Title VII in 1978 and prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII. Additional information regarding the PDA and Title VII can be accessed here:

ECU's Notice of Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions). 

Pregnant employees may have additional rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under FMLA a new parent may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of leave that may be used for care of the child. For more information regarding ECU's leave policies please contact Human Resources Benefits Unit. 

Employees may also have the right to express milk in the workplace under a provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

In accordance with federal and state laws, ECU's Lactation Support regulation  states that ECU will provide space, privacy, and time for nursing mothers to express breast milk for up to one year after the birth of a child. ECU offers lactation rooms to students and employees at locations across campus. A list of available lactation rooms can be found here: and on the ECU Maps site.

Employees may request lactation accommodations by completing the form found here: and for more information, can review the Lactation Accommodations Info Sheet or contact HR Benefits at 252-328-9847.

Students may contact the Dean of Students Office at 252-328-9297 for assistance with lactation rooms on campus.

The following list of resources and contact information is intended to be a guide to assist students and employees.  These are not recommendations for services that you must use.  Please use your own judgment to determine if the resources would be appropriate or beneficial to you and your current needs.

*Confidential Resource refers to individuals who may not share information without your expressed consent; unless there is imminent danger to yourself, others or as required by law. 

General Resources:

Dean of Students Office
362 Wright Building
(252) 328-9297
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
The Dean of Students Office (DOS) is a resource for individuals with issues and concerns pertaining to an ECU student. Staff members are available to discuss general and specific questions and concerns about university life, transitional issues, policies, procedures and University services. 

Disability Support Services
(Students and Employees)
Slay Building, Room 138
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
The Department for Disability Support Services provides individuals with disabilities support services that will enable them to access programs, services, facilities, and activities of the university;and to enhance disability awareness among students, staff, and faculty. 

ECU Transit-Pirate Access
(Students and Employees)
(252) 328-7433
ECU Transit offers additional support for our riders with permanent or temporary mobility impairments through a new service called Pirate Access. This service operates cooperatively with Disability Support Services and Student Health Services and is available to students and employees who receive certification from a healthcare provider.

Department of Human Resources - Benefits
Human Resources Building
(252) 328-9887
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
The Benefits Unit provides guidance and clarification to faculty and staff on a wide range of programs, plans, enrollment, and separation procedures in addition to individual consultation on leave items as defined by both the State of North Carolina and the University to include Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

ECU's Lactation Support Regulation
It is the intent of East Carolina University to be recognized as a family friendly workplace by assisting working mothers with the transition back to work following the birth of a child by providing lactation support. A lactation support program allows a nursing mother to express breast milk periodically during the workday. 

Mother's Retreat/Lactation Rooms
(Students and Employees)
Lactation rooms are available across campus.  A list of available rooms can be found here:

Student Activity Group: 

Pirates Who Parent
Pirates Who Parent provides support, encouragement, and assistance to ECU students who are juggling academics/work in addition to their responsibilities as parents. During the fall semester, the organization will also host a family dinner and bi-monthly meetings. Those interested in participating in the organization can contact Briana Moody by email at

Educational Resources:

Triple P Parent Education Seminars
Three parent education seminars (Positive Parenting, Raising Confident and Competent Children, and Raising Resilient Children) available to students who are parents during the latter part of the fall 2015 semester. For more information contact Carrie Bumgarner at

Medical Resources:

Student Health Services
Student Health Center
(252) 328-6841
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Confidential Resource
Student Health is a primary health care facility located on main campus, comprised of dedicated professionals providing easily accessible and affordable health care to enrolled students. Our facility specializes in the overall health and well-being of each patient in our campus community by offering a comprehensive list of services.

ECU Women's Physicians
(Students and Employees)
2160 Herbert Court
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 744-3850
Confidential Resource
ECU Women's Physicians office provides services for a woman's health care including checkups, pelvic and menstrual disorders, pap exams, menopause and family planning. Prenatal care services are offered from conception through delivery, which includes nurse midwifery, fetal diagnosis and genetic counseling.

ECU Physicians Pediatrics
(Students and Employees)
600 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 744-2335
Confidential Resource
As a major medical center, ECU Physicians pediatricians provide all types of children's care. They offer health check-ups and immunizations, and special care for infections, allergies and injuries. They also treat sudden illnesses or injury, chronic diseases, infections, developmental conditions, and nutrition and weight.

Vidant Medical Center
(Students and Employees)
2100 Stantonsburg Road
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 847-4100
(800) 788-4473 Emergency Room
Confidential Resource

Counseling Services:

Center for Counseling and Student Development
Umstead Hall, Room 137
(252) 328-6661
Main Office: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Crisis: Monday-Friday: 11:00am-4:00pm
Confidential Resource
Center for Counseling and Student Development provides free individual counseling as well as emergency services to students who have experienced a traumatic experience.

ECU Family Therapy Clinic
(Students and Employees)
612 E 10th Street
Greenville, NC 
(252) 737-1415
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Confidential Resource
The goal of the East Carolina University Family Therapy Clinic is to provide an opportunity for teaching and learning among professionals and students, and to provide high-quality services to families, couples, and individuals. By offering direct services to the public, the Clinic helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice and provides a unique service to the Greenville community and surrounding area.

The Carolina Centre
702 John Hopkins Dr
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 757-0123
By appointment only
Confidential Resource
The Employee Assistance Program provides mental health services and support in conjunction with standard employee benefits through the State Health Plan. More information about the EAP can be obtained by contacting the ECU Department of Human Resources.


Child Care Resources:

Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center (NDCDC)
169A Rivers Building
(252) 328-6926
NDCDC is an early childhood model training facility for the Department of Child Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University. NDCDC is open to the public and serves all children. The NDCDC holds a five-star child-care license issued by the Division of Child Development of Health and Human Services, and is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

ChildLinks - Pitt County
111B Eastbrook Drive
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 758-8885
ChildLinks Child Care Resource &Referral helps parents make an informed decision about quality, licensed childcare. ChildLinks maintains information about all licensed facilities in Martin and Pitt counties which can be accessed for free.

Local Resources:

111B Eastbrook Drive
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 758-8885
Martin/Pitt Partnership for Children brings together all the people involved in a young child's early years—families, teachers, doctors, childcare professionals, caregivers, social workers, and many others—to ensure every child has all they need for healthy growth and development. The Martin/Pitt Partnership for Children Family Resource Guide provides a comprehensive list of community resources and activities for families with young children.

Smart Start, North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.

1100 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 821-7999
Smart Start is North Carolina's nationally-recognized initiative to ensure that every child reaches his or her potential and is prepared to succeed in a global community. Smart Start helps working parents pay for child care, improves the quality of child care and provides health and family support services in every North Carolina county.

Pitt County Health Department
201 Government Circle
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 902-2305
The mission of the Pitt County Health Department is to protect, promote, and assure the health of all people in Pitt County. A number of services are provided to achieve this mission.

Triple P Positive Parenting Program
(919) 707-5601
The North Carolina Triple P State Learning Collaborative is taking the guesswork out of parenting, supporting parents and caregivers with the Triple P –Positive Parenting Program. Triple P gives parents simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life.  

Title IX Officers

The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for Title IX compliance efforts and responsibilities, including investigations into allegations of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against or harassed based on sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions), you may fill out an online grievance reporting form accessible here, or you may contact the Office for Equity and Diversity by email at or by phone at (252) 328-6804. 

Title IX Coordinator
Ms. LaKesha Alston Forbes
Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity
Old Cafeteria Building, Suite G-406
(252) 328-6804

Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Ms. Malorie Porter, JD
Title IX Compliance Officer
Old Cafeteria Building, Suite G-406
(252) 328-6804