The reformed German Act on Protection for Mothers at Work, in Vocational Training and in Study Programs (Maternity Protection Act – MuSchG) went into effect on January 1, 2018. The special protections afforded under this legislation now also apply to students at Freie Universität Berlin.
The law aims to prevent health risks to mother and child such as those that can arise from hazardous materials, pathogens, radiation, risk of accident, or particular physical strain or exertion.
As a result, please notify the department`s contact person or Student Administration office if you are pregnant or nursing, using the relevant form, especially if you would like preferential registration for courses.
Pregnant students are not permitted to attend courses or take exams for six weeks prior to delivery and eight weeks afterward (12 weeks in case of premature or multiple birth) unless they issue an express written declaration that they are willing to do so. This declaration can be revoked.
During pregnancy and during any period spent nursing the infant afterward, students are not permitted to attend courses or take exams after 8 p.m. or on Sundays and/or holidays. Here as well, this can, however, be made possible based on an express declaration. This declaration, too, is subject to revocation.
The contact persons for this are the relevant responsible parties within the student’s department, based on the core subject/major.