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Maternity Leave for Graduate Assistants

The following information identifies ways a pregnant graduate assistant can access work release during and after pregnancy as needed:

  1. Request a leave of absence for a full semester.  The leave of absence form (see below) must be completed and signed by appropriate approvers, and documentation from a healthcare provider may be required.  The student will be reinstated in the graduate assistant (GA) position when she returns.  The student will not receive a stipend or tuition waiver while on leave.  There is no time penalty for the leave period, i.e. the clock stops for the approved leave period, so there is no negative impact on the time limit to degree completion.
  2. Request to work from home.  The request must be made in writing and approved by the Graduate School, and documentation from a healthcare provider may be required.  There will be no break in stipend or tuition waiver, and the student must produce a deliverable (i.e. proof that work was done).  A release to perform such work is required from the healthcare provider.
  3. Request a leave of absence for part of a semester with no work required.  The leave of absence form (see below) must be completed and signed by appropriate approvers, and documentation from a healthcare provider may be required.  The student will not be paid for missed time, and the tuition waiver will be prorated.

International Students:  Please contact the International Student and Scholar Services office at 601.266.4841 to determine eligibility and for additional information.

Classroom accommodations due to pregnancy can be requested by contacting Mr. Scott Dossett in the Office for Disability Accommodation at 601.266.5024.

Leave of Absence Form (PDF)

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