Parental Accommodation, including Maternity and Paternity Leave


Cornell University is committed to fostering a family-friendly environment in which students can balance scholarly and parenting responsibilities while successfully pursuing their academic and research goals. Cornell graduate and professional students are eligible for parental accommodation to help balance the competing demands of school and family life.

The University's Graduate and Professional Student Parental Accommodation policy provides graduate students with two options: 1) six weeks of paid accommodation (or eight weeks for the birth mother for a cesarean section delivery) for students receiving full funding from the university as assistants-whether as TAs, GRAs, RAs or GAs; fellows; or trainees, or 2) up to two semesters of reduced load status to serve their needs surrounding childbirth, adoption, newborn care, foster care, and acute child health care.