PhD Student Leaves Policy

Students shall work with their program administrator and advisor to ensure that any leave of absence is minimally disruptive to their academic progression.

Parental Leave

Registered PhD students receiving financial support from the University may take up to ten weeks of paid parental leave in relation to childbirth, the adoption of a child, or the placement of a foster child under their care. PhD students shall continue to receive their current level of support during the ten weeks of paid parental leave regardless of the fund source. In the event the fund source does not provide ten full weeks of paid leave, it shall be the responsibility of the student's graduate program to provide the additional funding required. (New parents will also want to see information on Graduate Division childcare grants.)

Medical/Family Leave

Registered PhD students may take up to four weeks of paid leave in relation to their own serious health condition or to care for a family member who has a serious health condition. For the purpose of this leave policy “family member” is defined as one’s mother, father, sister, brother, parent-in-law, spouse, domestic partner, parent of domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, child, step or foster child (including children of domestic partner).

Students receiving financial support from the University, regardless of the funding source, shall continue to receive their current level of support during this period. In the event the fund source does not provide four weeks of paid leave, it shall be the responsibility of the student's graduate program to provide the additional funding required.

Unpaid Leave

To augment either period of paid leave above, registered PhD students may take up to two additional weeks of unpaid leave upon the approval of their program. This revised policy (effective September 1, 2014) supersedes policies of funding agencies, departments, and programs. Note that the parental leave policy at UCSF currently exceeds that of other UC campuses. For questions regarding graduate student health insurance coverage for medical expenses related to pregnancy and delivery, please contact Student Health Services, phone 415/476-1281.