ASU Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Athletics Deana Garner Smith Senior Associate Athletics Director Sun Devil Athletics PO Box 872505 Tempe, AZ 872505 480.965.2146 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun Devil Athletics Manual: Q & A
An unplanned pregnancy can be scary for any college student- let alone for a student athlete! You may feel like the only good choice for you is to terminate the pregnancy. However, ASU is more lenient than you may think. Get the facts about Pregnant Student-Athletes from the Sun Devil Athletics Manual. Read more at: http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/sda/sda407.html
Fear: If I am pregnant, I will be cut from my sport. Truth: "No coach or other athletics department staff shall suggest to any female student-athlete that if she becomes pregnant this will affect in any way her continued participation on a team."
Fear: If I am pregnant, I will not be able to return to my sport. Truth: "Sun Devil Athletics (SDA) will help the student-athlete return to her sport after pregnancy and during parenting if the student-athlete so desires."
Fear: If I am pregnant, I will lose my athletic scholarship. Truth: "When a student-athlete is pregnant and informs SDA of this fact through notification of the appropriate sports medicine physician and does not voluntarily withdraw from her sport, her scholarship will remain in place for the remainder of the granting year, July 1–June 30."
Fear: If I am pregnant, I will lose other financial aid. Truth: "A pregnant student-athlete who also is receiving an institutional scholarship should contact Financial Aid and Scholarship Services to determine whether and how the pregnancy affects that scholarship." Under Title IX, "schools cannot terminate or reduce athletic, merit, or need-based scholarships based on pregnancy. If you stay in school, you can keep your scholarship."
Fear: If I am pregnant, I will be treated poorly by my coaches. Truth: "Sun Devil Athletics (SDA) considers pregnancy in the same manner as any other temporary medical condition." This is because of Title IX. "SDA will also help the pregnant and parenting student-athlete plan for continued academic progress in accordance with the university’s academic mission."
Fear: If I am pregnant, everyone on my team will know. Truth: "A student-athlete’s right to privacy is the same for pregnancy as it is for any other personal medical information. The notification of pregnancy to a sports medicine physician will be kept in strictest confidence until such time as there is a medical reason to withhold the student-athlete from competition. Information on the student’s pregnancy will not be shared with other students. Such information will not be shared with the student’s coaches, athletic trainers, parents or guardian, or her sexual partner without the student’s express and informed consent."