October 9, 2015 – Regarding the Provision of Domestic Partner Benefits
WHEREAS, Indiana University has a continuing responsibility to provide a nondiscriminatory benefits program for its employees;
AND WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees believes that fairness is one of the core values of the institution, and is crucial to its standing among its peers;
AND WHEREAS, on September, 14, 2001, the Board of Trustees resolved as a matter of fairness to approve the provision of benefits to same-sex domestic partners of Indiana University employees and students who were at that time unable to attain benefits through marriage;
AND WHEREAS, the June 26, 2015, ruling of the United States Supreme Court has given same-sex couples a constitutional right to marry;
AND WHEREAS, in light the United States Supreme Court’s June 26, 2015 decision that same-sex couples have a constitutionally protected right to marry, the provision of benefits for same-sex domestic partners is no longer needed as a matter of equity;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees approves the cessation of benefits to same-sex domestic partners of Indiana University employees and students, subject to an equitable transition period for the cessation of such benefits.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees directs the President of the University to develop terms and provisions for phasing out same-sex domestic partner benefits and for effecting applicable plan amendments.
For questions about this resolution contact the University Human Resource Services Office ( or 812-856-1234).