University of California, San Diego

September 29, 1997
SUBJECT: Domestic Partner Benefits and Services In response to concerns expressed during the past two years by several campus organizations, I want to confirm UCSD's commitment to support all members of the community who work, live, study and teach on our campus, regardless of sexual orientation, marital or family status. One concrete way of meeting this commitment is to extend to domestic partners all campus-determined benefits and services now offered to legal spouses of UCSD employees and students.
A review of UCSD practices has shown that many benefits and services offered to employees' and students' spouses are already offered to domestic partners as well. It would, however, be beneficial to formalize a standard policy. For this reason, I am asking those campus units that offer benefits or services to legal spouses to review their policies and revise them where necessary to ensure that they offer the same benefits or services to domestic partners (both same- and opposite-sex). Documentation of domestic partner status should be required only in situations where the same request would be made of legal spouses.
Please note that not all benefits and services come under campus jurisdiction. Retirement and health benefits, as well as student housing policy, are determined by The Regents of the University of California and the Office of the President. Any changes to policy that result from current discussions about the extension of benefits falling under The Regents' and the President's jurisdiction will be announced at a later date. If you have questions regarding the implementation of this policy, please contact Associate Chancellor Susan Kirkpatrick at extension 46864 or by e-mail at skirkpatrick@ucsd.edu.
Robert C. Dynes