Relay is happy to work with you should you require medical leaves due to pregnancies or other medical leaves of absence from Relay. You should discuss plans for a leave of absence with your faculty advisor as soon as possible. All general leave of absence policies apply to medical and maternity leaves.
Pregnant and Parenting Students
Relay permits pregnant students and students who have given birth within six months to take a leave of absence if deemed “medically necessary” by a doctor. As with any graduate student with a medical condition who must take a temporary leave of absence or request an accommodation, the pregnant or parenting graduate student must submit medical documentation to demonstrate that a temporary leave or an accommodation is medically necessary (e.g., doctor’s note on letterhead or proof that your short-term disability claim was approved).
Relay will excuse your absences because of pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the your doctors deem your absences medically necessary. Relay will work with you during your leave to minimize, to the extent possible, you falling behind in coursework.
Once you are ready to return to Relay, Relay will work with you to address how best to make up missed course and/or clinical work and get back on track toward their degrees. When you return from pregnancy leave, or leave related to childbirth, you will generally be allowed to return to the same academic and extracurricular status as you had at Relay before you left for medical leave. For example, any earned credits will still be intact and the leave period will not be counted toward minimum time requirements for completing a degree, if any exist. Complaints of pregnancy-related discrimination are covered by the Relay’s graduate student policy/grievance procedures, as outlined in the Student Grievance Policy.
Upon the submission of proper documentation, Relay will work with you if you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or have given birth within six months, to develop temporary accommodations. The accommodations will vary depending on your conditions, medical documentation, Relay resources, and the your academic programs.