Graduate Student Leaves, Parental Relief and Pregnancy Accommodations

Detailed information about leaves of absence, parental relief and pregnancy accommodations can be found in the University Bulletin.  These are listed within each graduate school's section, under the Academic Regulations subsection.  Below, please find a table summary of each of these options.
Question / Topic Health Leave Personal Leave

How to initiate process? Talk to the appropriate school dean listed above. Officially make the request in Workday.

Students must apply 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester they wish to take a leave. Talk to the faculty leadership of the department/program and/or the appropriate school dean listed above. Officially make the request in Workday. In exceptional situations, a student may request a leave after a semester has begun.
Length of leave Determined on an individual basis

Leaves are not granted for more than two semesters unless there are extenuating circumstances. There is a limit of two semesters for Personal Leaves during the student’s time in the program.

Time to degree Time away does not count towards time to degree. Time away does not count towards time to degree.
 Is financial support maintained? No, not during the leave. In general, the original offer of financial support at time of admission is continued when you return. No, not during the leave. In general, the original offer of financial support at time of admission is continued when you return.  
Does health insurance continue? If a student has been enrolled in an academic program for more than 30 days, Brandeis health insurance continues until the end of the coverage period, which typically ends in mid-August. After the coverage ends, students may directly petition the insurer to request an extension. This decision is made solely by the health insurance company, not by Brandeis. Students will be responsible for paying for the premium costs. If a student has been enrolled in an academic program for more than 30 days, Brandeis health insurance continues until the end of the coverage period, which typically ends in mid-August. After the coverage ends, students may directly petition the insurer to request an extension. This decision is made solely by the health insurance company, not by Brandeis. Students will be responsible for paying for the premium costs.
Access to Brandeis facilities and personnel (library privileges, Brandeis UNET, access to advisors and faculty, among other things) Students on leave may stay in contact with, and visit, individuals on campus, such as their advisors and other faculty, staff and students. As a general matter, students on leave may participate in Brandeis activities that are open to the public. However, since they are no longer in “active status” while on leave, they do not have access to health services such as the health and counseling centers. Students on leave may stay in contact with, and visit, individuals on campus, such as their advisors and other faculty, staff and students. As a general matter, students on leave may participate in Brandeis activities that are open to the public. However, since they are no longer in “active status” while on leave, they do not have access to health services such as the health and counseling centers.
Does student status continue? Students on leave may stay in contact with, and visit, individuals on campus, such as their advisors and other faculty, staff and students. As a general matter, students on leave may participate in Brandeis activities that are open to the public. However, since they are no longer in “active status” while on leave, they do not have access to health services such as the health and counseling centers. Students on a leave of absence are not active students. While students on leave retain their admitted student status, they are not registered and therefore do not have the rights and privileges of registered students. Because individuals on leave are not active students, taking a leave may have significant implications for student loans as well as for visas for international students.
 Learn More

For detailed information about a health leave, please check the University Bulletin. Policies are listed within each graduate school's section, under the Academic Regulations subsection. Contact: Jessica Basile, Assistant Dean of Graduate Affairs basile@brandeis.edu

GSAS: Alyssa Canelli, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs acanelli@brandeis.edu
Heller: Ravi Lakshmikanthan
kanthan@brandeis.edu
IBS: Meredith Robitaille mrobitai@brandeis.edu

For detailed information about a health leave, please check the University Bulletin. Policies are listed within each graduate school's section, under the Academic Regulations subsection. Contact: Jessica Basile, Assistant Dean of Graduate Affairs basile@brandeis.edu

GSAS: Alyssa Canelli, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs acanelli@brandeis.edu
Heller: Ravi Lakshmikanthan
kanthan@brandeis.edu
IBS: Meredith Robitaille mrobitai@brandeis.edu

Question / Topic Parental Relief Pregnancy Accommodation
How to initiate the process? Talk to the faculty leadership of the department/program and/or the appropriate school dean listed above as early in pregnancy as possible. Officially make the request in Workday. Talk to the appropriate school dean listed above and/or the office of Student Accessibility Support (SAS). Officially make the request in Workday.
Length of leave Eight weeks. Depends on health requirements.
Time to degree Not applicable Depends on accommodation specifics
Is financial support maintained? Yes Depends on accommodation specifics
Does health insurance continue? Yes Depends on accommodation specifics
Access to Brandeis facilities and personnel (library privileges, Brandeis UNET, access to advisors and faculty, among other things) Yes Yes
Does student status continue? Yes

Depends on accommodation specifics.

Learn More For detailed information about parental relief, please check the University Bulletin. Policies are listed within each graduate school's section, under the Academic Regulations subsection. Contact: 

Jessica Basile, Assistant Dean of Graduate Affairs basile@brandeis.edu

GSAS: Alyssa Canelli, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs acanelli@brandeis.edu

Heller: Ravi Lakshmikanthan

kanthan@brandeis.edu

IBS: Meredith Robitaille mrobitai@brandeis.edu

For detailed information about parental relief, please check the University Bulletin. Policies are listed within each graduate school's section, under the Academic Regulations subsection. Contact: 

Jessica Basile, Assistant Dean of Graduate Affairs basile@brandeis.edu

GSAS: Alyssa Canelli, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs acanelli@brandeis.edu

Heller: Ravi Lakshmikanthan

kanthan@brandeis.edu

IBS: Meredith Robitaille mrobitai@brandeis.edu

SAS: Jaspreet Mahal jaspreet26@brandeis.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope you can find your answer in this FAQs section, if not please contact Jessica Basile, Assistant Dean of Graduate Affairs basile@brandeis.edu