PhD students may withdraw from their programme at any time, by filling in the form and sending it to the Director of the Doctoral School and to the related Doctoral Office.
After quitting their studies, PhD students no longer have the right to receive their scholarship.
The Doctoral Committee may decide to exclude students from the Programme in the following cases:
- negative opinion by the Doctoral Committee for non satisfactory results obtained by the PhD student in his/her periodical research reports during the year;
- negative opinion given by the Doctoral Committee regarding admittance to the following year;
- if students accept to carry out professional services without the Doctoral Committee’s authorization;
- unjustified and long absences;
- any reason specifically expressed in the rules and regulations policy of the PhD Programme.
PhD students have the right to suspend their studies in case of:
- serious and certified illness,
- internship programmes for the training of teachers (Italian TFA).
Absence due to severe and documented personal rand/or family reasons (other than the ones listed above) must be explicitly authorized by the Doctoral Committee.
If PhD students fail to attend their Doctoral course for more than 30 days, their scholarship payment will be suspended.
Please note that as soon as students take up attendance after suspension, they are requested to submit to the proper Doctorate Office a declaration (available in box Download), duly filled and signed, with the signature of approval by the Phd Programme Director.
Maternity temporary leave
The University Regulations for Doctoral Courses at art. 27, point 7 and 8 states that doctoral students have the right to ask for maternity leave.
According to Italian law (D Lgs. 151/2001 and subsequent amendments, art. 16 and 20) about parental leaves, maternity leave can be requested starting two months before the assumed date of birth and for the three months following the effective date of birth. Optionally maternity leave can be requested starting one month before the assumed date of birth and for the four months following the effective date of birth. In this case doctoral students have to ask for a specific medical certificate.
Doctoral student who becomes pregnant while enrolled in a doctoral school has to submit to the Director of the Doctorate and also to the relevant Doctorate Office the maternity leave request form together with a medical certificate. Within 15 days after the date of birth she has to send a self-certification attesting the date of child birth (according to the Presidential Decree art. 46 no. 445 of 28.12.2000).
Upon doctoral student’s return to courses she should inform the Director and the relevant Doctorate Office.
It is also possible to ask for a further suspension period starting from the end of the maternity leave upon PhD Committee permission. The request form (available at page Doctoral withdrawal, suspension, exclusion) should be submitted to the Progamme secretariat and to the proper Doctorate Office.
Please note that as soon as students take up attendance after suspension, they are requested to submit to the proper Doctorate Office a declaration (available in box Download below), duly filled and signed, with the signature of approval by the Phd Programme Coordinator.
Grant payment suspension
During maternity leave and further suspension periods grant payments will be suspended.
The University Regulations for Doctoral Courses at art. 27, point 10 and 11 states:
At the end of the absence period, the Doctoral Student will resume attendance of the course again and submit a declaration of resumption of the attendace signed by the Head of the Course. The administrative deadlines and the payment of the grant - if the student is grant-assisted-will be delayed during the absence period. The Doctoral Course Committee will approve the modalities to recover the missed training activities, provided that under no circumstances can the normal duration of the course be shortened.
If the Doctoral student fails to attend the Doctorate for over thirty days or if the student is excluded from the Doctoral School, payment of the grant will be suspended.
Doctoral students enrolled in INPS retirement contribution system “gestione separata” can ask for INPS maternity allowance. Further details on requisites, amount, etc. can be found on INPS webpage or contacting directly the INPS offices.
Health and Safety
Pregnant ladies and their fetus can be put in danger in certain working environments facing with Physical agents (e.g. ionizing and non ionizing radiation, static magnetic fields, vibrations, impacts), chemical agents (e.g. carcinogens, mutagens, toxic for reproduction), biological agents and particular working conditions (e.g. manual movements of loads, noise, thermal stress). It could be an hazard handling particular agents or working in potentially dangerous places, e.g. laboratories, mostly during the first three months of pregnancy.
In order to avoid any potentially dangerous situation for pregnant women and their future child’s health, PhD students working in the above mentioned conditions, must communicate that they are pregnant to Servizio di Prevenzione e Protezione and to the Head of the organization (e.g. Department) where they work. Under guidance of the Competent Doctor any undue risk and undeserved damage will be kept off.
In each stage of the pregnancy, should arise specific safeguard needs for mother or child, maternity leave can be disposed as a matter of course by the PhD Committee, upon hearing the head of the organization.
Doctoral students receiving a grant and enrolled in INPS retirement contribution system “gestione separata” and not covered by other forms of public welfare – who therefore pay 27.72% of taxes – may submit to INPS a request for sickness allowance, provided that they have paid their social welfare taxes for at least 3 months over the last 12 months and that the sickness leave lasts longer than four days.
Doctoral students willing to obtain more information (pre-requisite, amounts, etc.) are kindly invited to read the content of the "Malattia" webpage of INPS.