The Parenting Accommodation Policy for Graduate Students is by no means designed to replace the communication and cooperation between student and advisor, and the good-faith efforts of both to accommodate the arrival of a new child in the home by birth, adoption, or foster placement, or the care of a child with a serious illness. It is the intention of this policy to reinforce the importance of that cooperation, and to provide support where needed to make that accommodation possible.
Academic Leave of Absence Policy
A graduate student may take personal leave of absence for up to three quarters. Personal leave extends time-to-degree standards up to three quarters at either pre-candidacy or post-candidacy stages of the student’s program. During this time, students may purchase the graduate student health insurance for up to two quarters assuming they were enrolled in the insurance plan in the quarter prior to their leave of absence.
Request for Expanded Master’s & Doctoral Time-To-Degree for Parenting Demands
This policy is designed to assist students who have parenting responsibilities (see definition below) with maintaining continuing student status by formally extending their time-to-degree to keep them in good academic standing through the extension period.
A master’s student with parenting demands (as defined below), with 50% or more responsibility for the child, may receive an extension of up to one additional year for completing the master’s degree. The total extension of master’s time-to-degree granted under this policy is one year per child, up to a total of two years.
A doctoral student with parenting demands (as defined below), with 50% or more responsibility for the child, may receive an extension of up to one additional year for passing preliminary examinations and qualifying examinations or an extension of up to one additional year between advancement and completion while in candidacy. The total extension of doctoral time-to-degree granted under this policy is one year per child, up to a total of two years.
A student seeking parental time-to-degree accommodation must have parenting responsibilities that include one or more of the following circumstances (i) childbirth, (ii) care of a child 5 years old and younger, (iii) newly adopted child or newly-placed foster child of any age, (iv) children 6 or older who require extraordinary parenting demands, such as a child with a serious illness or other exceptional circumstances. The child may be the student’s child or that of a spouse or domestic partner.
Withdrawals, leaves, and delayed progress toward completion of degree may have implications for the visa status of international students. International students are urged to consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) before modifying their degree progress.