Professors do have lives outside of class, and sometimes this includes a family. If female professors decide to start a family during the school year, their personal life crosses into school life.
One of today's front-page stories outlines some of the problems professors run into when they are pregnant. CSU's maternity-leave policy needs to be revised.
A poor university maternity-leave policy should not be a cause for stress in students' lives, but inadequate leave policies force some professors to shorten their course lengths or otherwise alter their intended course plan, attempting to cover the same amount of material in half the time.
Furthermore, the current policy is not fair because most men do not have to consider using their paid sick and/or disability days when they have a new child in the home, but women have no choice. Women are just as likely as men to need to use the days for the flu or other reasons, so expecting them to use sick days when they have a child is not fair.
Instructors who fill in for new parents should get paid for their work. They are adding to their schedule, and the money could give them extra incentive to put forth more effort in teaching.
The university does not have many full-time female professors with tenure. This could be connected to difficulty related to starting a family and the current maternity-leave policy. Professors may feel pressure from their peers to avoid getting pregnant.
Professors are people. They deserve the chance to start a family and have a life, and CSU should make that possible.