Family-Related Policies for GSAS Students

Paid Time Off for Childbirth and Adoption

  • Female and male students in PhD programs in GSAS are eligible for a Paid Time Off period of six weeks following the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Students are expected to notify their advisor, their Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean for Student Affairs at GSAS in writing at least four months in advance of the birth or adoption, so that appropriate arrangements can be made to cover any teaching/research responsibilities.
  • Normally the time off period commences within two weeks of the birth or adoption.
  • During Paid Time Off, the student remains enrolled full-time. By remaining on full-time status, loan repayment schedules, eligibility for University housing, and student visa status, if applicable, will remain unchanged.
  • Students will receive academic accommodation during the time off period - including relief from academic requirements, such as postponement of exams and course requirements.
  • Students receiving financial support are entitled to continuation of the support during the time off period, as follows:
    1. Students receiving stipends from University funds are entitled to draw support for six weeks during the academic year.
    2. Students funded by government grants or other external sources are entitled to benefits as determined by the funding agency.
    3. Students who have TF appointments during the time off period will continue to be paid during this period
  • Students who take advantage of Paid Time Off will have their departmental G clocks adjusted by one year.
  • Students interested in taking advantage of this program should contact Garth McCavana, Dean for Student Affairs and Bob LaPointe, senior financial aid officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Family Leave of Absence Policy

  • Female and male students in GSAS may take a Family Leave of Absence for the birth or adoption of a child, child care, or care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition.
  • Students may take a Family Leave of Absence for one or two semesters. Students' departmental G clocks will be adjusted by one year, whether the Family Leave of Absence is for one or two semesters.
  • Academic requirements (such as postponement of exams and course requirements) will be adjusted for the duration of the Family Leave of Absence.
  • Students are expected to notify their advisor and their Director of Graduate Studies as early as possible about their plans to take a Family Leave of Absence so that appropriate accommodations can be made to cover any teaching/research responsibilities.
  • Students are eligible for four months of health coverage through the Student Health Insurance Plan and the Student Health Fee (see HUHS website) from the point at which they take a leave. Students who take a leave must pay their own premiums, however.
  • Funding commitments from Harvard are deferred until students return from the Family Leave. Students receiving funding from external sources, such as governmental grants, are subject to the conditions established by the funding source.