||2007 May -#02
||Domestic Partners Optional Benefits
||Dennis Daley, Chair, Budget & Welfare Cmte
Whereas, the University of North Carolina espouses an ideal of inclusiveness, diversity, and nondiscrimination, and
Whereas, the recruitment and retention of skilled and dedicated faculty and staff is of vital importance for the operation of the University, the quality of instruction for the students it serves, and the public service it provides to the citizens of North Carolina,
Whereas, compensation benefits such as health insurance are an important strategic tool in recruitment and retention, and
Whereas, the purpose of benefits is in part to provide employees peace of mind, especially with regard to loved ones, and their unavailability may distract and divert employees from optimally performing their duties,
Whereas, many individuals employed in the University are not associated with traditional family structures, yet share the same concerns regarding their loved ones as those in traditional family arrangements,
Whereas, access to health insurance coverage for domestic partners is not currently allowed under state law, those in nontraditional families are thereby deprived of an important benefit, thus adversely effecting recruitment and retention of faculty and staff,
Therefore Be It Resolved That the UNC Faculty Assembly encourages the President and Board of Governors to advocate for inclusion of domestic partners in the existing Health Insurance Plan in order to afford all faculty and stall equal protection.
Unanimously adopted by the UNC Faculty Assembly, May 2007.