Beginning Sept. 1, Wake Forest University will extend certain employee benefits to same-gender domestic partners of regular full-time faculty and staff on the Reynolda Campus.
Some of the major benefits provided will include health insurance, dental insurance and tuition concessions. Benefits offered will be identical to those already provided to spouses of university employees.
Wake Forest employees learned of the benefit extension in an Aug. 11 letter distributed campus-wide. Applications for the benefits may be submitted now, although the benefits will not be available until Sept. 1. The Human Resources department does not know how many Reynolda Campus employees will apply.
The announcement follows approval of the benefits extension by the executive committee of the Wake Forest Board of Trustees in July. A faculty-staff campus committee, appointed by the university administration early this year, had recommended the change. The campus committee found that similar policies are in effect at a number of universities nationwide.
Employees interested in securing the benefits for a domestic partner will be provided details by the Human Resources department on how to apply for them. Among the criteria is a requirement that domestic partners must have been in their mutually exclusive relationship for the last 12 months, intend to remain in such relationship permanently, and share the same primary residence.