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Graduate Student Parental Leave Policy

As of 07/01/2022, the University has adopted a graduate student Parental leave policy benefiting all eligible University of Utah graduate students.  The full Policy 6-409 Graduate Student Parental Leave can be found at https://regulations.utah.edu/academics/6-409.php.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF GRADUATE STUDENT PARENTAL LEAVE

A Graduate Student is eligible for a Parental Leave of Absence if the Graduate Student has been matriculated in a Graduate Degree Program for at least one semester and is otherwise in Good Standing within their degree program at the time the Parental Leave of Absence is taken. 

An eligible Graduate Student may take a Parental Leave of Absence from a Graduate Degree Program for up to eight (8) consecutive weeks following a child's birth, adoption, or foster placement.

The Graduate Student and the Graduate Student's advisor or program director shall discuss coursework completion, rearrangement of teaching and/or research duties, and timelines for academic matters that will be affected by the Parental Leave of Absence and create a jointly signed agreement that describes how the Graduate Student will complete these requirements following the Parental Leave of Absence.  The Graduate Student shall submit the written agreement to the Graduate School as part of the Graduate Student's application for a Parental Leave of Absence.

Find more highlights on our Parental Leave Policy for Graduate Students page.

 

REQUESTING GRADUATE STUDENT PARENTAL LEAVE

Find the instructions for filling out a request for graduate student parental leave and the request form on our Parental Leave Policy for Graduate Students page.

 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS PARENTAL LEAVE

Find information regarding updates to the postdoctoral fellows parental leave policy on the Postdoctoral Affairs website.

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Last Updated: 8/3/22