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Summary of Domestic Partnership Benefits at Miami University


Does Miami University provide benefits for domestic partners?

Yes! On June 25, 2004, the Miami University Board of Trustees declared by unanimous decision to extend domestic partner benefits to same sex couples beginning July 1, 2004. Family health benefits will be given to same sex domestic partners in a long-term relationship by filing an affidavit of domestic partnership through the benefits office. At this time, unmarried heterosexual couples will not be included.

What benefits are available for employee's partner and dependent(s)? 

A full summary is available at http://www.miamioh.edu/benefits/

Benefits available for Faculty/Staff

For Employee

For Spouse and/or Dependents

For Domestic Partner and/or Dependents

Bereavement Leave

Yes

Yes

Yes

Campus Parking Permit

One permit per year

No

No

Career Assistance

No

No

No

Child Care

Yes

Yes

Yes

Coverage by Voluntary Blood Donor Program

Yes

Yes

Yes

Credit Union

Yes

Yes

May have joint accounts with employee but not have individual accounts.

Dental Benefits

Yes

Can purchase at reduced cost

Can purchase at reduced cost

Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Flexible Spending Accounts

Yes

Yes

Yes

Library Privileges

Yes

Available to all Oxford residents

Life Insurance

Yes

Yes

Yes

Medical Insurance

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile Phone Service for Personal Use

May purchase subscription at reduced cost through Verizon and Sprint

No

No

Recreational Sports Center Usage

May purchase membership at reduced fee

May purchase membership at reduced fee

May purchase membership at reduced fee

Relocation Assistance to Campus

No

No

No

Retirement Benefits for Surviving Partners

Yes

Yes

Yes and No (Yes if new employees sign up for the Alternative Retirement Plan, No if employee had signed up for retirement plan before the ARP was implemented)

Tuition Remission (Waiver of Instructional Fees)

Yes

Yes (after employee works for three continuous years)

Yes (after employee works for three continuous years)

University E-mail Account

Yes

No

No

Voluntary Group Accident Insurance Plan

Yes

Yes

Yes



Benefits available to Graduate Students

For Employee

For Spouse and/or dependents

For Domestic Partner and/or dependents

Health Insurance

Yes

Can Purchase

Can Purchase

On Campus Housing

Yes

May live with Partner

May live with Partner



What is the administration's historical position on domestic partner benefits?

In response to a query if the University would recognize Civil Unions as granted in the State of Vermont in 2000, the University Counsel wrote an E-mail message to Gary Hunter and Robert Blair. This position was strongly reiterated by the university president in a letter to David Walsh, Chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee in the Department of Management in the School of Business Administration on October 27. 2000. On June 25, 2004, the Board of Trustees supported the awarding of domestic partner benefits for Miami University faculty and staff members. President Garland's remarks on this subject to the board as well Chairman Wall's remarks were overwhelming supportative and directed that benefits be made available beginning July 1, 2004.

What are the resources available on campus for LGBT faculty, staff and students? 

Faculty and staff have an informal group known as GLEAM (Gay and Lesbian Employees at Miami). The group has web space on the Miami University server and a listserve. Students rely on the student group Spectrum (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Straight Alliance). This group has office space in 35 MacMillian Hall, which is staffed by members and volunteers. One university person and usually one community person volunteer their time to serve as advisors to the group.

What is the official stance on sexual orientation in the University's Policy and Information Manual?

Pertinent excerpts from the Miami University Policy and Information Manual can be found in the following sections:

  • MUPIM 1.3 University Statement Asserting Respect for Human Diversity  (NOTE: This statement was adapted from the statement written and published by the University of Southern California, Student Affairs Division. Miami University is grateful to the University of Southern California for allowing us to use their statement as a model.)

  • 3.6.A Harassment and Discrimination Are Prohibited

  • 3.3 Equal Opportunity (Note that this statement does not include sexual orientation.)