Having a baby while studying

If you become pregnant whilst studying start to think about what you and your family's needs are and whether you would like to take some time off or make some changes to your study commitments.

Taking a leave of absence

If you want to take time off, you can take up to 4 sessions of approved leave of absence from your course at any time.

Decreasing your study load

You may also want to think about your study load once you have had a child. Please contact your course director if you would like to change your study load when you are expecting a child or once you have given birth.  You can also speak to your subject coordinator/s about your circumstances, should you need extensions for assignments, deferred exams, and additional time to finish a subject or further support for study.  Should you experience symptoms of pregnancy that make study or sitting for exams difficult you may wish to contact the Student Liaison Team (Disability) for advice on alternative arrangements or assistance.

Flexible study arrangements

You can negotiate flexible study arrangements to allow you to balance your family commitments (such as breastfeeding and care requirements) and complete your course. You'll need to plan and negotiate with your lecturers well in advance.

Should you need to withdraw from a subject/s due to unexpected or exceptional circumstances, please contact your subject coordinator/s.

Child care

Make childcare arrangements as soon as you are aware of your needs (preferably as soon as you know you are pregnant as places for babies are highly sought after, particularly childcare on-campus at Charles Sturt University).

Your rights

Both direct and indirect discrimination due to pregnancy or potential pregnancy, breastfeeding, plus family or carer responsibilities is not permissible at Charles Sturt.

Discrimination refers to any action or treatment that has the purpose or effect of disadvantaging people on grounds covered by legislation.  For more information view the Charles Sturt University Equal Opportunity Policy

For further information or assistance please contact the Student Liaison Officer (Equity) on equity.officer@csu.edu.au .

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