Policy on Student Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption

Guidelines to provide advice and guidance to registered students or prospective students who are pregnant or become parents at the commencement of or during their studies.

Introduction

Guidelines to provide advice and guidance to registered students or prospective students who are pregnant or become parents at the commencement of or during their studies.

Although they are focussed on study related issues these guidelines aim to give information on other sources of advice. The document is also intended to be used as a point of reference by staff who have a role in advising students and whose advice and guidance may be sought on these issues.

 The Equality Act 2010 introduced a new protection from discrimination for students during pregnancy and maternity. This policy has been developed using the Equality Challenge Unit guidance Student pregnancy and maternity: implications for higher education institutions.

Policy Statement

The University aims to provide an environment where students are supported fairly and with dignity and respect, including during maternity, paternity, the process of adoption and whilst breastfeeding.

The University believes that becoming pregnant or caring for a very young child should not prevent a student from succeeding in their studies. It will therefore apply Regulations as flexibly as possible, seeking to ensure that students are not disadvantaged whilst ensuring that academic standards are maintained. The degree of flexibility which can be applied will vary according to the programme of study.

Staff will demonstrate a supportive approach when discussing issues with students and will advise them of other available services if they are unable to provide appropriate advice themselves. Any information provided by a student will be handled confidentially and will only be shared with others with the student’s consent.

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