Stanford University has instituted a new policy that seeks to accommodate female graduate students who give birth by granting them up to six weeks of paid time off from their usual commitments to research and teaching.
The policy gives such students an "academic-accommodation period" of up to two consecutive academic quarters, in which they can postpone examinations, course assignments, and other course work. They will also receive an automatic extension of one academic quarter (with the possibility of extending that to three quarters) to complete major university or departmental requirements such as qualifying exams.
Next, to truly be progressive, they should grant similar, if not the same kind benefits to fathers. After all, aren't the fathers important to a new born's life?