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Leaving College, taking time off

I want to leave College. What do I do?

You should contact the Postgraduate Student Support Officer (Email) to discuss this option. While it is not our job to convince you to stay, we are here to ensure that you have fully explored all the possible implications and dimensions of such an important decision.

Should you still wish to withdraw from College you must notify the Dean of Graduate Studies, and your Supervisor/Course Coordinator in writing.

I need to take time off college. What do I do?

You cannot just leave or stop attending College. You must get permission to go ‘off-books’ from the Dean of Graduate Studies. Any request to go ‘off-books’, whether for medical, financial or personal reasons must be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies by your Supervisor, Course Coordinator, or the relevant Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate). While you are not required to pay fees during this period, neither are you entitled to access the College library and/or other College facilities.

If permission to go ‘of-books’ for a defined period has been granted for medical reasons you are obliged to submit a re-admission request to the Dean of Graduate Studies prior to re-registration.

Am I entitled to maternity/paternity/adoptive leave as a Postgraduate Student?

Yes. Full-time female graduate students undertaking a thesis/dissertation may seek and be granted 26 consecutive weeks maternity leave subject to the following conditions:

  1. the maternity leave must commence not later than 2 weeks before the expected date of birth and end not earlier than 4 weeks after the expected date of birth.
  2. the graduate student must notify her Supervisor/Course Co-ordinator in writing as soon as reasonably practicable, but not later than 4 weeks before the commencement of maternity leave, of her intention to take maternity leave. Additionally, not later than the time of the above notification, she is obliged to supply the Supervisor/Course Co-ordinator with a medical certificate confirming the pregnancy and specifying the expected date of birth. The Supervisor/Course Co-ordinator must then immediately forward her request for leave to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

A graduate student undertaking a thesis/dissertation may, if she chooses, take up to 4 consecutive weeks additional maternity leave immediately after her maternity leave subject to the following condition: she should give reasonable notice to her Supervisor/Course Co-ordinator of her intention to do so at the same time as she gives notification of her intention to take maternity leave. The Supervisor/Course Co-ordinator must inform the Dean of Graduate Studies of the graduate student's intention.

Graduate students on maternity leave will be considered to be 'off-books' and appropriate adjustments will be made in relation to their submission dates and completion times.

Paternity leave for male graduate students on the postgraduate register is available by application to the Dean of Graduate Studies on ad misericordiam grounds relating to the pregnancy of their partner for a maximum of 4 weeks only. Students requiring more extended periods must apply to go 'off-books'.

Adoptive leave of 16 weeks duration is available to adoptive mothers from the time the child is placed with the parents. Adoptive fathers may also apply for adoptive leave of 4 weeks duration. The graduate student must notify her/his Supervisor/Course Co-ordinator in writing as soon as reasonably practicable, but normally not later than 4 weeks before the commencement of adoptive leave, of her/his intention to take adoptive leave. The Supervisor/Course Co-ordinator must then immediately forward her/his request for leave to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Policy on Supports for Student Parents, Student Carers and Students Experiencing Pregnancy

I am currently in receipt of a Postgraduate Research Studentship. Am I entitled to Maternity Benefit?

No. Maternity Benefit is paid by the Department of Social Protection to women who have a certain number of paid PRSI (Pay Related Social Insurance) contributions on their social insurance record and who are in insurable employment up to the first day of their maternity leave. Postgraduate Research Studentships do not include a PRSI component. For further information on Maternity Benefits, please visit the Citizens Information website.

 


Last updated 3 September 2015 pgsupp@tcd.ie (Email).