16. Maternity/Paternity/Parental Leave

On request, a graduate student may be granted maternity/paternity/parental leave from her/his graduate program.  Such leaves will be for the period of time specified by the student at the time of the request and will not normally exceed a period of one year. A student may apply for a maternity/paternity/parental leave more than once.

Any UNB awards (i.e. GRA, GTA, Magee Third-Century Merit Award, etc.) held by the student at the time of the request, and which otherwise would have continued during the period of the maternity/paternity/parental leave, will be deferred in full until the student returns from her/his leave.

Deferral of financial support provided indirectly through the university (e.g., RA funding from a supervisor’s grant or contract) must be negotiated between the student and the supervisor.  Because of the nature of this funding, any deferral provisions would be at the discretion of the grant or contract holder and the external agency providing the funds.

Deferral of awards to students from agencies external to the University (e.g., NSERC and SSHRC graduate fellowships) are governed by the deferral regulations of the awarding agency.

During the period of maternity/paternity/parental leave, students remain in good academic standing in their graduate program.

During a maternity/paternity/parental leave, students are not required to pay graduate fees to the University.