Changes due to the Corona Pandemic
Due to the current situation, the for pregnant students was adjusted. risk assessment
If the pregnant students are engaged in activities as part of their studies in which the minimum distance of 2 metres to other persons cannot be maintained, the activity can no longer be carried out (e.g. transfer to another workplace or the offer of mobile work; if this is not possible, an occupational ban on employment applies after consultation with the company doctor).
This also applies if a person from the same field of activity and study of the pregnant student has had contact with an infected person or if there is a case of illness. In this case, a personal employment ban applies until the 14th day after contact with the person or a case of illness.
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The meaning of the Maternity Protection Act for students
The Maternity Protection Act is intended to protect pregnant and breastfeeding women from risks, excessive demands and health hazards at the workplace. This also applies to your studies at the Technical University of Darmstadt. In order to benefit from the advantages of maternity protection, you must notify the university of your pregnancy or breastfeeding. You can find the appropriate form (German). Please submit it to your responsible here, preferably with a copy of your maternity passport. Office for Student Affairs
Pregnant students studying to become teachers at 'Gymnasien' should contact the. There the initial registration is issued and forwarded. In the Centre for Teacher Training (ZfL) at 'Allgemeines' you will also find information about maternity leave at schools. Download area
Pregnant students who work as student assistants at Technical University of Darmstadt must also inform their superiors immediately. Even if you are employed outside of the University, we recommend that you inform your employer. Only then can your and your child's health be protected by your employer.
You can find information about maternity leave at the Technical University Darmstadt . here
The following protective measures apply to you during pregnancy/ nursing
- In the last six weeks before the calculated date of delivery, you may not participate in the study programme.
- After delivery, you are normally not allowed to participate in the study programme for 8 weeks (12 weeks in the case of premature and multiple births or if the baby is handicapped).
- Participation in courses and examinations may not take place between 8 pm and 6 am or on Sundays and public holidays.
- You must be granted time off for examinations and breastfeeding up to 12 months after the birth.
- The University is obliged to take work safety measures to protect the student from possible dangers. Information on the scope of the protective measures can be obtained from your . Office for Student Affairs
The Technichal University of Darmstadt's first information sheet for pregnant and nursing students can be found (opens in new tab) . There you will find information on examinations and the cancellation of examinations under points 6 and 7. Please clarify which regulations apply in your case with your here . Office for Student Affairs
Quitclaim of your maternity protection rights
You can also quitclaim part of your maternity protection rights if you declare this in writing to the University. For example
- you can continue to take part in events after 8 pm or on Sundays and public holidays during pregnancy
- continue to attend events during the maternity leave period
- continue to take examinations during the maternity leave period
Please submit a to your respective declaration of renouncement. Office for Student Affairs
You can revoke this declaration at any time without giving reasons.
The declaration of renunciation does not concern the risk assessment and the work protection measures taken as a result (e.g.: whether you are allowed to participate in certain laboratory tests or not).
Please note that a compensation for any disadvantages in your studies and examinations can only be made if you have informed the University of your pregnancy.
We generally recommend that you speak to the examiner and the examination board beforehand and clarify possible individual solutions or an alternative examination.
Your respective is responsible for the compensation of disadvantages. Office for Student Affairs
Please note that the compensations for disadvantages only apply during the maternity protection period.
In the case of a registered pregnancy, the following applies:
- According to § 19 I APB, a special examination date can be applied for at the examination board.
- Pregnancy is a reason for leave of absence according to § 8 I No. 4 HImmaVO. Despite leave of absence exames may be taken. Please contact your respective for more information. Office for Student Affairs
Please note that a semester of leave of absence can have an impact on BAföG, child benefit or the duration of student health insurance.
- Since the quitclaim of your maternity protection rights can be revoked at any time in the future, this also has an influence on examination termination. A proven pregnancy is therefore to be considered a reason for withdrawal. In the event of such a reason for dropping out of the examination, the examination attempt will not be evaluated.
- In the case of term papers, presentations, etc., the deadlines for submissions are always extended, insofar as this is reasonable. If necessary, a replacement must be sought.
- If according to the study regulations no extension is possible (e.g.: architecture), the appeal to the maternity protection law has the effect of a withdrawal.
- Regarding your thesis, invoking maternity leave leads to a “ working stop ” (it is assumed that you are not working on the thesis during the maternity leave period) and to an extension of the deadline by the corresponding maternity leave period.
A father has no maternity leave. An extension of the deadline for exams and study achievements due to pregnancy or birth of the child is therefore not possible.
However, if a father has to care for his first child, e.g. because of the birth of a second child, or if it is necessary for him to look after his wife in need of care during and/or after the birth, this is to be equated with the care of relatives in need of care within the framework of § 24 (2) of the APB. An extension of the deadline is possible upon application. The need for care must be proven in a suitable form.
The request is first made to the examiner. If no mutually agreed solution for an extension of the deadline can be found, the student can submit an application to the examination board, which will then decide in agreement with the examiner.
Obligation to notify
We would like to point out that, as always, all discussions will be treated confidentially. However, like all employees of the Technical University Darmstadt, we are legally obliged to report the pregnancy to the supervisory authority (Regierungspräsidium Darmstadt). This can of course only be done if we know your name or your matriculation number.
As part of our counselling service, we will also be happy to provide you with information on maternity leave. Our information package for pregnant women and parents-to-be, which you can obtain from us, also contains information on maternity leave. Come to our office hours or make an appointment. You are also welcome to send us an e-mail or call us. Please pay attention to the obligation to notify mentioned above.
For questions please contact your respective regarding risk assessmentor the Office for Student Affairs. Department IV A – Occupational Safety and Health (German)
Please note that we currently only offer counselling via phone, e-mail or Zoom
Service point part-time studies, studying with children
Advice on the compatibility and design of studying with children
Servicestelle Teilzeitstudium, Studieren mit Kind
building S1|01 room 216
Karolinenplatz 5, 64289 Darmstadt
For general questions about your studies, including maternity leave, you can contact your respective Office for Student Affairs. They are also bound by the legal obligation to report your pregnancy. You can find a list of all Offices for Student Affairs . here
Pregnant students studying to become teachers at grammar schools should contact the . There the initial registration is made and forwarded. Centre for Teacher Training (ZfL)
Leave of absence / semester on leave
Advises you on questions concerning a leave of absence or a semester of leave.
Please note that a semester of leave can have effects on BAföG, child benefit or the duration of student health insurance, among other things.
Department IV A – Occupational health and safety Department IV A – Health and safety at work
Advises you on questions concerning risk assessment and the notification process to the regional council
Studierendenwerk Darmstadt – Social Counselling
The Studierendenwerk Darmstadt supports the students of the TU Darmstadt and the Hochschule Darmstadt in their social, economic and health issues. They take care of student financing (BAföG) as well as advising students in various life situations.
The social counselling is free of charge and confidential.
Currently you can reach the Social Counselling by phone, online counselling or video.
Availability by telephone: Mon – Fri 11:00 am – 12:00 am
(You are welcome to try to reach the Social Counselling outside these hours)
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Money, Money, Money – How can I finance my studies?
on Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. the online event “Money, money, money – how can I finance my studies?” will take place.
Picture: Katrin BinnerPicture: Katrin Binner
Information meeting about part-time studies
The lecture about part-time studies on Thursday, 13 April will be held in German.
Good time for part-time Studies
Do you want to change your full-time studies to part-time? You can apply for part-time studies until 30th of April.