Support for Families
Child and Dependent Care
Parenting, Teaching, and Tenure
Tenure Probation Extension
Untenured faculty members are entitled to a one-year extension of their contract upon the birth or adoption of a child.
Parental Teaching Relief
Brown University provides one semester of classroom teaching relief for faculty members who are primary caregivers for newborn children or newly adopted children. This is not considered to be a leave, and the faculty member’s responsibilities to conduct research, advise students and participate in University and departmental affairs remain unchanged. Faculty members wishing to receive teaching relief should contact their department chair and the Dean of the Faculty's office, preferably six months in advance of the requested relief, and also complete the Parental Teaching Relief online form. For more on this policy, go to The Handbook of Academic Administration (Section 7.8.3).