Approved by: The President
History: Issued                  -- May 2, 1991
Revised                --  September 27, 2023
Last Reviewed -- September 27, 2023
Related Policies: Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Title IX Compliance Policy
Additional References:

Policy Owner:

Contact Person:

Vice President for Student Affairs tel. (202) 319-5714

Associate VP for Student Affairs & Dean of Students tel. (202) 319-5619


I. Policy


The Catholic University of America affirms the teaching of the Catholic Church on the value of every human life and the dignity of the human person.

As a university community, we offer a warm and supportive environment to every pregnant undergraduate and graduate student. The University offers support to students to continue their studies throughout their pregnancy. The administration, faculty, and staff of our University community will make every effort to provide pregnant students with caring and professional assistance and support.

Students seeking assistance should review the resources and support detailed at the University’s Parenting at Catholic University web page. Referrals for prenatal health care and other supportive services will be made available through appropriate University offices as necessary and requested. The University will also assist pregnant students who have concerns regarding coursework with counseling services to assist with developing and enacting a plan for academic success. A student may request a leave of absence if necessary and the University will consider any request for an adjustment of associated fees and expenses. A pregnant undergraduate student who wishes to continue her studies throughout her pregnancy is welcome to remain in her on-campus housing if she so desires.

The University encourages continued engagement by pregnant or parenting students in the academic, social, and spiritual dimensions of university life.