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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY



RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS

On behalf of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, Martha F. Hilley (professor, music and Faculty Council chair) submitted the following resolution, which was endorsed by the UT System Faculty Advisory Council on January 25, 2013. The secretary has classified the resolution as general legislation. It will be voted on by the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 18, 2013. 


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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary

General Faculty and Faculty Council




RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS

In support of and agreement with the resolution from The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council, the University of Texas at Austin Faculty Council Executive Committee encourages the Board of Regents to urge legislators to pursue changes in state laws and, subsequently, to change Regents' Rules in order to allow The University of Texas System and its individual campuses to treat domestic partners equivalently to employee spouses in all University benefit plans.

Rationale: Nonmarital domestic partnerships are becoming increasingly common in modern society; corporations, governmental entities, and universities increasingly include employee partners in their benefit plans with equivalent status to employee spouses; providing equivalent status is an issue of fairness and equity and will have a positive effect on faculty and staff morale; and providing equivalent status will have a positive effect on faculty and staff recruitment and retention.




Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 14, 2013.