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The University will ensure that:
- Any student who becomes pregnant before or during a period of study at the University is accommodated as far as practicable to allow them to complete their programme of study, providing academic standards are upheld.
- Relevant staff are made aware of the terms of this policy and their responsibilities arising under it.
- Support and guidance is available for staff undertaking risk assessments on elements of the programme of study that are likely to result in a risk to the health and safety of the student or unborn child.
- Staff in the Equality & Inclusion Unit are available to discuss with staff the best way to support the continuing study of a pregnant student to ensure they are able to complete their programme of study.
- Appropriate support is available to students through various support services.
- The policy is kept under review and updated as necessary.
Schools and faculties must ensure that:
- The policy is widely publicised and available to staff and students.
- Students are made aware of the policy and encouraged to disclose a pregnancy in confidence at an early stage, particularly where elements of their programme of study might result in a risk to the health and safety of the student or unborn child (see Section 3).
- Staff are aware of the policy so that they can respond appropriately when a student discloses their pregnancy and seeks support to continue their programme of study.
- As soon as a student discloses that they are pregnant, a risk assessment, or series of risk assessments, are undertaken to ensure that there are no elements of the programme of study that present a risk to the health and safety of the student or the unborn child (See Section 3).
- Wherever practicable, accommodation is made to ensure that a pregnant student, or student with a very young child, is able to complete their programme of study.
- If requested, an appropriate member of staff is identified with whom a pregnant student can discuss their support needs.
- The student is given information on other sources of advice/support (particularly immigration advice for international students, available from the International Student Office) (see Section 12).
All individual staff members are advised to:
- Familiarise themselves with this document and the University’s responsibilities towards students who are pregnant or have very young children.
Individual staff members to whom a pregnancy is disclosed are responsible for:
- Reading the policy and, in particular, becoming familiar with the procedure for supporting pregnant students.
- Treating any disclosure of a pregnancy seriously and making students aware of appropriate sources of support.
- Respecting a student’s right to confidentiality and verifying that a student has no objections to their pregnancy being discussed with others – particularly when information needs to be passed on to other staff members to arrange any agreed accommodations to the programme of study or adjustments to fees.
- Ensuring accurate information is given to prospective students regarding the availability of support for students who are pregnant or have very young children.
- Seeking advice from colleagues or central support services within the University if they are unsure of how best to support the continued study of a pregnant student (see Section 9).
Students and applicants covered by this policy are responsible for:
- Disclosing their pregnancy to a trusted member of staff within their School or Faculty at an early stage of their pregnancy, with a view to discussing any necessary support arrangements or adjustments – particularly where elements of their programme of study might present a health and safety hazard to the student or unborn child (see Section 3).
- In the case of applicants, it is advisable to inform their Admissions Tutor at an early stage so that consideration can be given to appropriate support being available from the commencement of their programme of study.
- Ensuring the safe supervision of any child they may bring onto campus.
Students and applicants covered by this policy are advised to:
- Read the policy in order to understand the University’s approach to supporting pregnant students and students with very young children.
- Ensure that they have a clear idea of what will be expected of them on their course of study in order to understand the potential impact of pregnancy related absence.
- Discuss any concerns they have relating to their pregnancy with the Leeds Student Medical Practice or their own GP and, if required, staff in one or more of the following services: the LUU Student Advice Centre, Student Counselling Centre, Health and Safety Services, Accommodation Services and the Chaplaincy (see Section 12 for contact details).