Since January 1, 2018 the regulations of the Maternity Protection Act ("Mutterschutzgesetz" / MuSchG) also apply to female students. In order for the university to comply with the maternity protection regulations, pregnant students should inform the Department 1: Registrar‘s Office about their pregnancy. This is not obligatory, but is strongly recommended, since only then the protective rights of the MuSchG do apply.
Studying can pose risks to the health of mother and child, e.g. when working in workshops, doing sports or during the practical semester. For students who wish to continue their studies during pregnancy, after delivery and/or while breastfeeding, the university must therefore prepare a risk assessment.
Female students are exempt from taking part in study and examination courses during the maternity protection period (usually 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after the birth). However, at the express request of the student, there is still the possibility of completing study and examination work during the maternity protection period, even during the postnatal protection period. Please contact the Department 1: Registrar‘s Office for advice on this. The same applies to academic achievements after 20:00 hrs and on Sundays and public holidays.