Graduate School Doubles Paid Time Off for Student Parents (February 18, 2016)
By Marina Bolotnikova, Harvard Magazine
BEGINNING THIS FALL, graduate students welcoming a new child will have access to 12 paid weeks away from teaching or research, double the current six-week benefit, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) announced last week.
“I’m very happy that we’ve been able to do this,” said GSAS dean for student affairs Garth McCavana, Ph.D. ’90. “I was a student parent myself when I did my Ph.D. here, and it was certainly a struggle. We have come a long way and we’re going to continue to support student parents as much as we can.” He said GSAS made the change in light of conversations with students about their needs.