Carnegie Mellon University

Student Maternity Accommodation Protocol

Students seeking any of the Maternity Accommodations described below must register with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs by contacting the office for an appointment by calling 412-268-2075.

The birth of a child is a significant life event that may require time away from academic pursuits for delivery and recovery from delivery of a newly born child. Students whose anticipated delivery date is during the course of a semester may need to take time away from their academic responsibilities. Carnegie Mellon students seeking time away are afforded two options as possible Maternity Accommodation:

  • Short-Term Maternity Accommodation – A short term absence from academic responsibilities up to a maximum of six (6) weeks.  Short-Term Maternity Accommodation may be extended by two (2) weeks, for a total of eight (8) weeks, where a longer absence is medically necessary.  Prior to the absence students must work with relevant university faculty and staff to adjust their course work, research, teaching and other academic responsibilities during the period of absence.  This may include extensions of time to complete assignments, incomplete grades, and/or dropping courses, shifting research responsibilities and adjusting TA assignments.  Students who take a Short-Term Maternity Accommodation will remain enrolled.

  • Formal Leave of Absence– A formal leave of absence under the Student Leave Policy.  Generally, the Student Leave Policy permits students to take a leave of absence for a full-semester, mini-semester, or for the time remaining in the semester during which the leave is taken.  Students who take a Formal Leave of Absence drop all remaining courses for the semester and are unenrolled for the semester.  International students must consult with the Office of International Education before considering this option due to visa implications.

Carnegie Mellon also offers financial assistance to students who give birth to a child:

  • Interest Free Loan – Any student who gives birth to a child is eligible to apply for an interest-free Maternity Loan from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. 

  • Stipend Continuation – Doctoral students who receive an academic stipend funded by Carnegie Mellon are eligible to continue to receive stipend funding for up to six (6) weeks during a Short-Term Maternity Accommodation or a Formal Leave of Absence.  Continued academic stipend funding may be extended by two (2) weeks, for a total of eight (8) weeks, if an absence longer than six weeks is medically necessary.  

Students are encouraged to register with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs ninety (90) days in advance of the anticipated delivery and should register no later than sixty (60) days in advance of the anticipated delivery.  At the time of registering, students will have the opportunity to consult about resources, procedures, funding options and preparation for discussing academic accommodations with the student’s academic department.  Students should also consult with their academic advisors either before or in conjunction with registering with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.