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Childbirth Policies

The U-M’s commitment to faculty and their families is demonstrated by our childbirth and adoption policies, which include those listed here. Please note that the numbers in parentheses are links to the applicable information in the Standard Practice Guide.

(Fathers and adoptive parents should see the Childcare & Dependent Care: Policies and Resources section on this website for policies that apply to them.)

  • Paid Leave. As advised by your physician, you will receive paid leave during pregnancy and following childbirth. (SPG 201.11-1)
  • Modification of Teaching Assignments (Modified Duties)*. If you give birth, you are entitled to a period of time during which your teaching duties will be modified to allow you to adjust to this new set of life demands--with no reduction in salary. For example, an academic unit may relieve you from direct teaching responsibilities for a semester. (SPG 201.93)
  • Excluding Time from the Tenure Clock Due to Childbearing*. If, as a female faculty member, you have one or more children during your tenure probationary period, upon request your tenure review will be postponed by a year. (SPG 201.92 ) See also Children, Dependents and Childcare—Excluding Time from the Tenure Clock Due to Dependent Care.

*Some Dual Career Program services are available only to the spouses and partners of tenure track and tenured faculty.

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