Academic Affairs Committee
of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council

At the January 28 Faculty Council meeting, Chair Martha Hilley reported that on Friday, January 25, 2013, the following resolution on domestic partner benefits was endorsed by the Academic Affairs Committee of the UT System Faculty Advisory Council.

Resolution on Domestic Partner Benefits

"Whereas, nonmarital domestic partnerships are becoming increasingly common in modern society; and

Whereas an increasing number of corporations, governmental entities and universities are including the partner of an employee in their benefit plans with equivalent status to an employee's spouse; and

Whereas providing equivalent status is an issue of fairness and equity; and

Whereas providing equivalent status will have a positive effect on faculty and staff morale; and

Whereas providing equivalent status will have a positive effect on faculty and staff recruitment and retention;

Therefore be it resolved that The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council encourages the Board of Regents to urge legislators to pursue changes in state laws and subsequently to change Regents' Rules to allow The University of Texas System to treat a domestic partner equivalently to an employee's spouse in all University benefit plans."

 

Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 30, 2013.