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Relevant Selected Definitions for Parental Leave of Absence

Section F.7 of the Graduate School Handbook

This leave of absence allows for a specified period of appointment- and stipend-protected leave associated with the birth or adoption of a child.

A funded graduate student on an approved paid leave of absence from appointment responsibilities for childbirth or adoption may receive 100 percent of his/her stipend and other benefits associated with the appointment (fee authorization, health care subsidy, etc.). See Section 11.2.

The same appointment status (with equivalent benefits, pay, and other terms) is to be available after this leave of absence has been taken, provided the appointment or reappointment would normally have been available. Assigned duties, however, may be subject to change.

A leave of absence following the birth or adoption of a child is not to have a negative impact on appointment status or opportunities.

For funded graduate students who are eligible for leave:

  • The birth mother’s stipend is to be maintained for up to six weeks (See Section 11.2 for details) or until the last day of the appointment, whichever comes first.
  • Non-birth parent’s (up to two parents per new birth or adoption) stipend is to be maintained for up to three weeks or until the last day of the appointment, whichever comes first.

Definitions.

  • birth mother, a female who gives birth to a child
  • father, a male who is legally responsible for child rearing as the male spouse or domestic partner of the birth mother
  • domestic partner, a same- or opposite-sex adult partner who has met the requirements of and has a completed Affidavit of Domestic Partnership for Funded Graduate Students’ Leaves of Absence on file with the Graduate School
  • adoptive parent, a parent who has taken a child into one’s family, through legal means, to raise as one‘s own child. This is not applicable to foster parents.

Use.

A leave of absence for childbirth or adoption for a funded graduate student should generally commence immediately following the birth or adoption of a child and not be used intermittently. In some instances parental leave may commence prior to the event when deemed medically necessary or when requisite to fulfill the legal requirements for an adoption.

If both parents are funded graduate students, parental leave can be taken consecutively but is not intended to be used intermittently.

A leave of absence for childbirth or adoption is available for each funded graduate student, for each birth or adoption event. The number of children involved does not increase the length of a leave of absence granted for that event.