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					                                                             The University of North Carolina General Administration
                              Campus Responses on Domestic Partner Benefits and University Insurance Committee Activity


                           QUESTION 1:                                                               QUESTION 2:
    CAMPUS                 Describe the domestic partner benefits offered at your campus.            How involved are you and your staff in the operation of your
                                                                                                     Insurance Committee? Do you meet regularly?
Appalachian                Recognize domestic partners in relation to the use of University          University benefits committee meets at least once per year and on an
State University           specific benefits such as use of recreational facilities, library, etc.   as needed basis throughout the year. Three staff, three faculty, the
                           This is openly communicated throughout campus and through                 HR director, and Benefits Manager make up the committee.
                           different avenues from different offices. The AppCard Office
                           communicates that domestic partners may obtain a dependent I.D.
                           so they can take advantage of the library and other support
                           services. ASU HR staff inquired about changing the supplemental
                           life insurance (Prudential) to allow employees to cover domestic
                           partners for up to $10,000 (same level currently offered to
                           employees with spouses). They decided not to pursue this after
                           being told that it would require a rate increase. In researching the
                           possibility of obtaining a private group policy that offers health,
                           dental, vision, etc., to domestic partners, many carriers wanted
                           either a certain percentage of eligible employees to enroll or a set
                           number before they would quote a group rate. In quoting the
                           group rate, which was higher than ASU’s current premiums,
                           carriers would not guarantee the rates for longer than one year, at
                           which time they could increase premiums annually. ASU believes
                           that the only way domestic partner benefits can be offered at
                           affordable rates, particularly for smaller campuses like ASU,
                           would be for the UNC system to negotiate a plan on a system
                           wide basis.
East Carolina              Currently, virtually no benefits are offered to Domestic Partners.        The ECU Benefits Committee (our name for the Insurance
University                 However, this is an issue that the University Diversity Council is        Committee) has not met for many months. In the past, HR has not
                           actively reviewing this semester and recommendations are                  been an active participant but that has changed now. They are
                           expected within the next month or so. In addition to these,               working with the Benefits Committee and the Faculty Senate to
                           Residential Life is seeking to have dorm supervisors (adults who          create a seamless, coordinated effort.
                           live in the dorms and oversee student life there) be able to share
                           apartments with domestic partners.
Elizabeth City             Do not offer any benefits for domestic partners.                          Insurance Committee is called the Wellness and Benefits Committee
State University                                                                                     and reports to HR. An HR staff member serves as the chair or co-
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                                                             The University of North Carolina General Administration
                              Campus Responses on Domestic Partner Benefits and University Insurance Committee Activity

                           QUESTION 1:                                                            QUESTION 2:
    CAMPUS                 Describe the domestic partner benefits offered at your campus.         How involved are you and your staff in the operation of your
                                                                                                  Insurance Committee? Do you meet regularly?
                                                                                                  chair. The committee attempts to meet at least twice a year.
Fayetteville               Do not offer benefits to domestic partners.                            The last meeting was in 2006. Several of the committee members
State University                                                                                  have left the university. They are in the process of replacing those
                                                                                                  members.

NC Central                 Not aware of any offered and none requested in Benefits Office.        UIC was reactivated last year (2006) by the Chancellor, and the
University                                                                                        monthly meeting schedule was set for the 4th Friday at 10:00 a.m.
                                                                                                  The primary focus of activities was for Committee members to learn
                                                                                                  and assess current benefit offerings which were provided and
                                                                                                  summarized by the Chair. The next primary activity, at the request
                                                                                                  of the Committee, was to meet some of the current providers via
                                                                                                  brief presentations during Committee meetings before considering
                                                                                                  any new products. The Committee majority decided not to entertain
                                                                                                  any additional benefit proposals at this time but to consider
                                                                                                  surveying the campus community to determine the need and
                                                                                                  interests of benefits-eligible employees relative to current and new
                                                                                                  payroll-deductible products.
NC A&T State               Do not cover domestic partners.                                        Do not have an active insurance committee.
University
NC School of               None.                                                                  Do not have a committee that has met since HR director was hired (2
the Arts                                                                                          years ago) though they are working on it.
NC State                   Not aware of any campus benefits or programs that expressly            The Benefits Office provides administrative support for the Group
University                 include domestic partners. The gym allows current members to           Insurance & Benefits Committee (GIBC). An administrative support
                           sponsor one adult household member. The employee and                   coordinator prepares and distributes meeting minutes and agendas,
                           potential household member must each provide proof of address.         schedules meetings as agreed with the Chair and arranges for
                           The addresses on both forms must match.                                meeting locations, serves as the intermediary for coordinating
                                                                                                  schedules, and maintains the Committee’s website, as well as
                                                                                                  ensuring that the GIBC adheres to all State and University policies,
                                                                                                  procedures, and regulations regarding records retention and the
                                                                                                  transfer of records to University Archives.

                                                                                                  The committee is regularly scheduled to meet once a month during
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                                                             The University of North Carolina General Administration
                              Campus Responses on Domestic Partner Benefits and University Insurance Committee Activity

                           QUESTION 1:                                                            QUESTION 2:
    CAMPUS                 Describe the domestic partner benefits offered at your campus.         How involved are you and your staff in the operation of your
                                                                                                  Insurance Committee? Do you meet regularly?
                                                                                                  the academic year (August - May). If there are no pressing agenda
                                                                                                  items, the meeting may be canceled. The Director of Benefits works
                                                                                                  closely with the committee chair. Both the Director of Benefits and
                                                                                                  the AVC-HR serve as ex-officio members.
                                                                                                  Related links:
                                                                                                  Bylaws:
                                                                                                  http://www.provost.ncsu.edu/governance/standing-
                                                                                                  committees/group-insurance/2005-
                                                                                                  2006/reports/documents/GIBCbylaws.pdf

                                                                                                  Campus committees' website:
                                                                                                  http://www.provost.ncsu.edu/governance/standing-
                                                                                                  committees/group-insurance/2006-2007/
UNC-Asheville              Do not offer insurance benefits to domestic partners; however,         Human Resources coordinates the Insurance Committee. It has not
                           they are allowed to purchase a recreation center pass as are a         met regularly in some time primarily because of Central Payroll
                           spouse or child of faculty or staff. If they purchase the recreation   restrictions on the number of payroll slots.
                           pass, it also allows them access to the library. These benefits are
                           mentioned briefly in benefits summaries and are communicated
                           periodically via email from the Health and Fitness Center to the
                           campus community.
UNC-Chapel                  MetLife Life Insurance: Domestic Partner Affidavit required.         UIC meets monthly with a break in July. Occasionally it may also
Hill                          The domestic partner benefit is communicated during                 skip a month if there is nothing significant to discuss. Typically, the
                              enrollment periods and during new hire orientation.                 AVC of HR, the Sr. Director of HR Programs, the Director of Benefits
                            Gym/Pool Privileges: available to domestic partners through          Program Administration, and a Benefits Representative attend each
                              UNC OneCard office. Information is listed on websites (of One       meeting, but are non-voting participants. The Director of Benefits
                              Card office and Campus Recreation) which states “Family”            Program Administration works with the chair of the committee and
                              members eligible. One must call the Campus Recreation               the other non-voting members of HR on coordinating the meeting,
                              department to inquire specifically about domestic partner           setting the agenda, bringing materials for review, etc.
                              eligibility.
                            Counseling available by contacting Employee Assistance
                              Program (EAP).
                            Carolina Fitness classes: available to domestic partners with
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                                                             The University of North Carolina General Administration
                              Campus Responses on Domestic Partner Benefits and University Insurance Committee Activity

                           QUESTION 1:                                                            QUESTION 2:
    CAMPUS                 Describe the domestic partner benefits offered at your campus.         How involved are you and your staff in the operation of your
                                                                                                  Insurance Committee? Do you meet regularly?
                               Gym/Pool Privileges.
                            State Employees Credit Union: Joint Account access for
                               domestic partners.
                            Finley Golf Course: available to domestic partners of members.
                            Faculty-Staff Recreation Association (The Farm): memberships
                               available.
UNC-Charlotte              The UNC Charlotte library, pool, and other athletic facilities are     HR is involved and participates with the university insurance
                           available to family members/domestic partners. This information        committee. This committee is appointed and meets, as needed, to
                           is contained on the UNC-C HR web site and available on benefits        consider and review insurance products, such as the Metlife
                           summaries for both EPA Faculty/Staff and SPA employment                insurance product (post-tax) approved for offer several years ago.
                           Categories.
UNC-                       Affords domestic partners or life partners benefits at its Student     Have an active campus insurance committee that meets on an as
Greensboro                 Rec Center to purchase a membership at the same price as spouses       needed basis each year. If members of the committee or employees
                           and family members. The Spousal Hiring Program for Faculty             on campus request review of a new or different benefit product, the
                           and EPA Administrative Employees is also offered to domestic           committee meets and determines whether the change is worth
                           partners. These are communicated in their new employee                 pursuing. Regarding those products or programs that pass first
                           orientation program and by the Student Rec. Center in their            muster, the committee determines how it will be communicated to
                           literature and to new faculty and administrators during the            the campus and how to retrieve input before they make a final
                           recruitment process.                                                   determination to add the new program (product) or not.
UNC-Pembroke               None                                                                   HR is trying to reenergize an inactive committee.

UNC-                       Provides domestic partner benefits in every area on campus that is     Have an active and functioning (nine person) Benefits Subcommittee
Wilmington                 within its jurisdiction legally to do so. For example, Recreation      of the Advisory Committee for Human Resources (ACHR -
                           Center ID access, university life insurance (after tax), and NC Flex   pronounced like an "acre" of land). The Benefits subcommittee sets
                           vendors i.e., dental insurance (after tax).                            its own agenda and meeting schedule. The full ACHR meets each
                                                                                                  semester but the subcommittees meet more frequently than that. In
                                                                                                  addition to this, the faculty senate has a faculty "welfare" committee
                                                                                                  that collaborates with the ACHR when appropriate.
Western                    Do not have a domestic partner benefit plan available.                 The committee has not met this year. When working on an issue –
Carolina                                                                                          the meetings are held every two months – or even monthly. Held
University                                                                                        back by the Central Payroll deduction issue for adding new benefit
                                                                                                  plans. Last spring, went forward with a new 403(b) vendor
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                                                             The University of North Carolina General Administration
                              Campus Responses on Domestic Partner Benefits and University Insurance Committee Activity

                           QUESTION 1:                                                            QUESTION 2:
    CAMPUS                 Describe the domestic partner benefits offered at your campus.         How involved are you and your staff in the operation of your
                                                                                                  Insurance Committee? Do you meet regularly?
                                                                                                  (Fidelity).

Winston-Salem              Do not offer benefits to domestic partners.                            When met regularly, the health benefits representative served as
State University                                                                                  recorder for the committee. The committee has not met in a while
                                                                                                  because WSSU opted to utilize the NCFlex program which covers
                                                                                                  most benefit options.
3/15/07




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