Maternity Protection for Students
The new German Maternity Protection Act became applicable on January 1, 2018. For the first time, the scope of the act also covers students. Pregnant students and studying mothers have the right for a six-week protection period before the birth as well as an at least eight-week protection period that follow the birth.
Information about Maternity Protection
The Family Support Centre of the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences will be the first institution to contact in case of questions concerning the maternity protection.
In order to familiarise oneself with the regulations in detail, we provide you the Legal Text on Maternity Protection in German.
Furthermore, we want to emphasize the Guide on Maternity Protection (in German) of the competent Federal Ministry.
Maternity Protection Measures
It can be possible that during your studies there might be a health risk for you or your unborn child in some courses. After the notification of a pregnancy, there is to be created a risk assessment independent from your degree programme in order to recognise possible risks and to apply appropriate safeguards. The risk assessment is automatically carried out by a specialist for work safety acting in agreement with the responsible faculty. In some cases it may be possible that you will be contacted in this respect.
Notification of Pregnancy
You are free to inform the university about your pregnancy or about being a mother. Although it is based on a voluntary nature, pregnant students and studying mothers are recommended to report their pregnancy or birth. If you want to make use of this possibility, please contact the Student Service Office responsible on your campus. For your personal benefit there will be informed and consulted other parties. The responsible faculties, in particular, are going to apply within their competencies appropriate safeguards, and if necessary, decide on applications concerning the examinations. Apart from that, the Maternity Protection Act is connected to an obligation to inform the regulatory authority (District Government of Arnsberg) by the university.
In order to benefit from the maternity protection period, you will be automatically de-registered from the examinations you have registered for within the protection period.