Studying with child
Maternity protection during pregnancy and breastfeeding
From 1.1.2018, the Maternity Protection Act (MuSchG) will also apply to students who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The weißensee school of art berlin has set up a central office where advice, registration procedures and applications for compensation for disadvantages are all under one roof.
What is this about?
Pregnant and breastfeeding female students are entitled to preventive protection within the framework of their studies, which involves a responsible balancing of interests between the welfare of the child and the self-determination of the woman. It is the responsibility of the university to offer the affected students an environment that enables them to continue their studies with as few restrictions as possible and to compensate for disadvantages, as well as to ensure that standards of protection are maintained, e.g. in the case of irresponsible risks.
The first point of contact for students who would like information and advice on the subject of maternity leave in accordance with the new legal regulations and on studying with a child is the General Student Advisory Service, which is also available to help you organise your studies during maternity leave, parental leave and with child(ren).
If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding student and wish to exercise your maternity protection rights, you must register. You can obtain the registration form for this from the student advisory service. As proof of pregnancy, a copy of your maternity passport or equivalent documents stating the date of birth is sufficient. After registering for pregnancy and breastfeeding you are fully entitled to maternity protection rights. This includes compensation for disadvantages in the course of study and active protection against danger in the workshops and studios. If this protection cannot be guaranteed, appropriate bans on employment must be enforced. Due to the constantly changing handling of different (dangerous) substances in the processes of artistic creation, a risk assessment or an updating of the risk assessment is necessary in each individual case.
For this purpose, the workshop management and the study programme management are available if required. A form for this assessment is, if necessary, also available at the General Student Advisory Service and is also forwarded to the LAGetSi by the Student Advisory Service
You can either come by during the open consultation hours, or you can make an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org
general course guidance
weissensee academy of art berlin
Bühringstr. 20 - 13086 Berlin
open hours: room A 1.03 tuesday 11-13, thursday 14-17
telephone advisory service: +49 30 47705 342 tuesday 14-16, wednesday 10-12
The consultation is anonymous and confidential.Further information can be obtained from the brochure "Studying with a child", which is also available from the general student advisory service in room A1.04. In addition, the studierendenWERK BERLIN offers special advisory services on the topic of studying with a child.
What does this mean for the students concerned?
Registration: Female students who are pregnant or breastfeeding can register their pregnancy and breastfeeding in order to be able to exercise their maternity rights at the university and to experience the appropriate protection provided by the university.The data will be forwarded to the State Office for Occupational Safety, Health Protection and Technical Safety for statistical purposes. At the university, the data will be treated confidentially and the persons concerned will be informed about how their data will be passed on. There is no obligation to register.Counselling: Independent of a registration, a counselling service is offered in which information is provided confidentially and without obligation about rights and obligations arising from the Maternity Protection Act.This includes: Information on the legal basis Compensation for disadvantages in the study and examination process Information about potential hazards in work processes (workshops and working materials) General information on parental leave/leave of absence/parental allowance Breast and resting facilities Please note: There is no legal entitlement to compensation for disadvantages which the university cannot offer at the time in question.For detailed questions you will find many answers in the FAQ.