The student-athlete pregnancy policy serves to promote the health and well-being of the student-athlete. Furthermore, this policy strives to create a positive environment in which the pregnant student-athlete understands that they are not jeopardizing their athletic scholarship during the academic year in which they are pregnant by disclosing a pregnancy or related health condition. The student-athlete is encouraged to notify the sports medicine staff and/or coach at the earliest known date of pregnancy in order to protect the health of the student-athlete.
The student-athlete’s physician, the team physician (in consultation with athletics staff), and the student-athlete will develop a plan for participation during the student’s pregnancy and eventually determine medical clearance for returning to the team after the birth or termination of the pregnancy. Upon receipt of medical clearance, the student-athlete will be expected to return to normal practice and competition. If there are any restrictions, the coach will be informed of the restrictions and comply accordingly.
There are many resources and advisors available for guidance and support to the student-athlete within the Athletic Department and on campus. A student-athlete should contact their sport administrator to see if any expenses of the pregnancy and/or childcare can be supplemented by the Athletic Department.
If the pregnancy occurs during the academic year and the student-athlete cannot compete, the student-athlete may be eligible for an extension of the five-year eligibility rule under NCAA Bylaw 14.2.1.e-Pregnancy Exception.
Decisions regarding renewal/non-renewal of athletic aid will be made consistent with existing policies. The position as a team member and/or athletic scholarship is not in jeopardy during pregnancy as long as the student-athlete is in good academic standing, does not voluntarily withdraw from the sport, and the developed pregnancy plan is followed.