This Graduate School policy seeks to accommodate the needs of graduate students as they assume care for a new child. Full-time graduate students in Arts & Sciences may take a New Child Leave under the following conditions. They should maintain full-time student status, either by registering for at least nine credit hours (such as Independent Study) or as Continuing Students. Students on New Child Leave are eligible to receive their normal stipend payments for 34 working days. Additional time off without pay for up to eight weeks will ordinarily be granted by the Graduate School with permission of the student’s Department.
If longer periods of Leave are desired, students will be expected to renew academic registration as Non-Resident Candidates. In that case, continuation of Health Insurance coverage must be arranged directly with the University’s insurance provider (without a University subsidy) or elsewhere. Students are advised to consult with Graduate School and Departmental staff as they contemplate long-term plans. Students who receive support from external agencies should consult policies and guidelines of the sponsor.